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Gecko Camping Pads

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The numbered area's along Gecko Road. Are there really pavement/pads there that has been covered with sand? I have been through there not camping and it all looked like dune sand. I am trying to minimize the chance of getting stuck! Thanks

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I don't know about the numbers you're referring to, but I can confirm that it is 100% possible to get your 4wd truck and Toy-Holler completely stuck in 6" of sand on pavement!

I've seen me do it, last April, on Gecko Rd. #-o
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Most of the "pads" are improved with decomposed granite, or something similar, so they are much more solid than sand. But if you go off an end or edge of the improved stuff you will easily get stuck.

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The numbers are painted on the road in. Pad 1, 1.5, 2, etc. I am sure that I could get stuck in 3" of sand as well! That is why I am asking for any tips about setting up camp and not getting stuck! Thanks

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Yes you will get stuck!!

Gecko road is really not that great of a place to camp either. I've heard some call it a "Sand Swamp" because you can sink down to your knees in some places. Almost everyone is digging themselves out by Sunday afternoon. I've seen 4X4's nearly submerged on what is called a "Pad".

There is much more room at the washes and best of all, you will not get stuck.

Save yourself the grief & aggrivation of all this. If you want to minimize your chances of getting stuck then clearly the best place to camp is at the washes.






















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MR. PETE wrote:Yes you will get stuck!!

Gecko road is really not that great of a place to camp either. I've heard some call it a "Sand Swamp" because you can sink down to your knees in some places. Almost everyone is digging themselves out by Sunday afternoon. I've seen 4X4's nearly submerged on what is called a "Pad".

There is much more room at the washes and best of all, you will not get stuck.

Save yourself the grief & aggrivation of all this. If you want to minimize your chances of getting stuck then clearly the best place to camp is at the washes.


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Thanks for the tips guys! You had me for a second. How do I tell where the pads are? I guess sinking to China will tell me where they are not. No worries about camping in the washes. Too many people and If I am worried about Gecko there is no way I am going to no-mans-land!

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chino350 wrote:Thanks for the tips guys! You had me for a second. How do I tell where the pads are? I guess sinking to China will tell me where they are not. No worries about camping in the washes. Too many people and If I am worried about Gecko there is no way I am going to no-mans-land!
Actually, getting a good campsite in the washes is usually easier than anywhere on Gecko (or the campground loops). You do need to know where you are going, just as you need to pay attention to the pads. If you don't like crowds, just keep going down towards the south and you'll soon run out of people. :D
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The pads are hardpack. Sand drifts occur on them and sometimes its hard to distinguish where the pad is. I like Pad 4 the most, but have gotten stuck becuase of my stupidity, i.e. if it looks like soft sand it probably is soft sand #-o Roadrunner has hardpack also. I like Pad 4 because I'm able to work some riding skills with my daughter in the small dunes on the west side of Gecko. You're in the bigger dunes off of Gecko real quick, but I found out last Feb that you can access China Wall and Brawley Slide faster from Wash 23. On a busy weekend don't even think you will get a pad on Gecko. The washes are your best bet and really no worry of getting stuck unless stupid is what stupid does :lol:
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