I came across the above pictured ranch ruins while in search of an unusual petrified tree that a Camp Host told me about (the same guy had told me of the red buffalo rock art referenced in this site’s other Big Bend galleries).
I spent a few hours looking for that tree and covered a lot of ground that day. I believe the ruins are just north of the Paint Gap and Paint Gap Hills area, but I didn’t write down where they are and can’t pinpoint their exact location. I do recall they were well-past primitive campsites reachable only by vehicles with high ground clearance.
As for the photograph... That low-laying evening sun really makes the colors pop.
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