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Old 01-18-2015, 09:35 PM   #15
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Here are a few (of many) pictures from our trip to Big Bend some years back. I would go back in a heartbeat. Also check out Terlingua and as Karenjude says Marfa is a must. As I remember Big Bend is supposedly the least visited of the National Parks, which was for us a huge endorsement.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:34 PM   #16
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We have stayed at the Marathon Motel and RV Park, in Marathon, which is at the turn off of Hwy 90 into the park, which is 30-70 miles away depending on where you are going. The RV park is no big deal, but the owner is super nice. His name is Danny Self. They have a nice courtyard, and the Gage Hotel has a very nice restaurant.

I would really encourage you to think in terms of everything being an hour to 90 minutes away. Marathon is pretty centrally located, and you can hit Alpine, Marfa, Ft. Davis, and Terlingua.

I have been going to the Big Bend area for 35 years, and always find something new. You simply cannot take in the park in one trip.


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Old 01-18-2015, 11:28 PM   #17
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Only bummer is no pets allowed on the hiking trails.

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Is this correct that no pets are allowed on any of the hiking trails?

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Old 01-19-2015, 12:33 AM   #18
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Yes, amazing National Park

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Has anyone been to Big Bend? If so, would you please tell me a bit about your trip? What time of year did you go? Where did you stay? What did you do? How long would you recommend a visit be? Thank you in advance!
We drove across country in 2012 and along the way we asked folks we met in campgrounds which two or three parks are on their "do not miss, list". Big Bend was one of the top two (Acadia NP in Maine was the other).

We visited in January 2013 and had an amazing stay in the National Park located at Rio Grand Village. We didn't want the parking lot effect so stayed in the area without hookups. Stayed for a few days hiking, biking, exploring. Wish we had more time but had to leave.

Oh, don't forget to visit the hot springs just a few miles from the campground!

Amazing geology, so different than most of Texas. We'll be back in the next few years.

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Old 01-19-2015, 01:29 AM   #19
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Is this correct that no pets are allowed on any of the hiking trails?

Generally, national parks do not allow pets on hiking trails.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:48 AM   #20
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Hey there. See you have a 2014 Flying Cloud. I just bought a new 2015 27FB on Saturday at Vogt in Fort Worth this past weekend. I live in Dallas, so we are practically neighbors. I am interested to see how you like your Flying Cloud? I am interested int a trip to BB as well, but most likely will have to wait for some vacation time later in the Spring. I am interested in a shorter ( I know - long way ) trip to Marfa to see the stars at nigh in West Texas.
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Generally, national parks do not allow pets on hiking trails.
Thanks - forgot that this is a national park. Your right about the no dog thing in many parks.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:16 AM   #22
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Has anyone ever stayed at the Maverick Ranch RV Park?

Maverick Ranch RV Park at Lajitas Golf Resort

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We were there just before Thanksgiving for five days. We met some friends there and stayed in Marathon because we wanted to go to the art walk in Alpine and observatory near Fort Davis also. We were at the observatory on a new moon and the skies were amazing. Treat yourself to a dinner at the Gage Hotel in Marathon and a walk through the gardens that are located in town too. The park itself is huge and I would plan on a couple of weeks to really enjoy it. I'm already planning a late spring trip that will include a two week stay in the park itself. The vast differences in scenery in the park make this a must enjoy place imho.
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Have you seen this? Big Bend National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

We've not been down there, but are already considering winter camping destinations for 2016. (This year's spoken for: Death Valley in March.) We prefer outdoor experiences to more citified resort-type RV parks.

We're not crazy about the parking lot type of campground so often found in desert locations, but the cost savings with the national parks seniors pass (1/2 off CG fees) is tempting.

Thanks for starting this thread and for the info, everyone.
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The Tumble In RV campground on US 90 in Marfa is the nicest in the neighborhood. Check in is "do it yourself" on the honor system which, while unusual, works just fine. Railroad runs next door but that is true of most of Marfa...

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Glad to hear that some of you are wanting info on BBNP. I visited it for the first time in 1973 and haven't missed many years in the interim. I have 11 year old twin grandsons who visited it first when they were 3 and have not missed a year since. As someone suggested you should drive the paved roads first and get the lay of the land. See Santa Elena canyon, Boquillas canyon and the Chisos Basin. As usual in a NP visit the visitor center at Panther Junction. We stay in the CG at Rio Grande Village. Tho it does not have hook ups, water is available and it has bathrooms with flush toilets. Part of the CG allows generators during the day. Also a nature trail is there and we hike it several times each trip. It gives a good intro to the plants, a great view of the Chisos Mtns and the Sierra del Carmen. We also always include the hike into Boquillas Canyon. Expect to meet vendors on this path as well as Victor serenading you at the canyon mouth. Another trail we always take is the one to Balanced Rock in the Grapevine Hills. Pine Canyon is also a favorite of ours.
As suggested, do not go in the summer and avoid spring break at all costs. Easter weekend is usually crowded as is Thanksgiving. Reservations for Rio Grande Village are taken from Nov 15 thru April 15 so that shows the time it is most used. It is an area I have never gotten tired of visiting.
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I second the suggestion about the Tumble In RV Park in Marfa. We stayed there 11 days this past summer for the Marfa Film Festival. I posted a lengthy review on Trip Advisor of the campground.
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I spent 6 days in BB in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it. For one thing, there weren't any crowds (May), and the Chihuahuan desert is really spectacular. I stayed in the Rio Grande NP Campground...not the least bit interested in a paved parking lot. Campground has nice spaces, plenty of natural stuff around....and while no hookups, no issue. You really have a hard time grasping the size of BB. It's more than 70 miles from where you cross into the park until you come to the Ranger Station! Fuel is readily available in the park, but fill up before you hit the park boundary. As others have posted.....great hiking, you have the Rio Grande and Mexico just across the narrow river....and you definitely want to do some of the Pecos Trail....Fort Davis, Marfa, Alpine. I will definitely visit BB again. Loved it.
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