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Old 01-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #29
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All - We had a WONDERFUL time there in mid-October this year. We DID stay at the Maverick Ranch RV Park, and were treated like royalty. Enjoyed the ease of travel to and from Big Bend, and the associated nice pool and restaurant, as well as a round of five stand. BB is a lifetime destination, particularly when combined with an overnight at Ft. Davis and the McDonald Observatory campus. Go For It.

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Old 01-19-2015, 05:39 PM   #30
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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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Old 01-19-2015, 09:15 PM   #31
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Thanks, everyone, for the input. I have been working on it today and i think we put together a rough plan that is a compilation of all of the great suggestions we received. Most important piece of advice so far? Provisions! I have NO idea why I didn't think of that one!!! Please keep the great ideas flowing.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:52 PM   #32
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With respect to fuel, is diesel available in the park? If not, how close to the park?


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Old 01-19-2015, 10:55 PM   #33
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We stayed at the Marathon motel and RV park Cannonball spoke about. Loved it. We were there Jan. 6-9 2015. The courtyard has a lovely fireplace with wood fire for guests to visit around in the evening. Also ate at the Gage Hotel in the bar. This place is amazing--read about it. Originally we had planned to stay in BB but ice storm took out all electricity for 5 days in the whole area and our batteries were not staying charged up so boondocking was out and we ended up in Marathon. Loved the town of Alpine too. Drove into BB 1 hour for day trips. There are a few camp sites in BB that are listed primitive but would work for up to a 28' airstream and we checked them out. They are down short gravel roads passable and very private. No reservations on them though. You have to go into park and see if one is available and ranger will tell you what ones are easy access and open. Also the McDonald Observatory near Alpine is worth a visit. The main scope opens one day a month ($40 pp) and other two telescopes a couple days a week are either free or inexpensive. Check online. There is a campground near there you could stay at, think it is a state or regional park near observatory, and then drive to Marathon the next day after the star show. There is gas available in BB except for when we were there because pimps couldn't pump with no electricity. Loved the park and warmed up daytime for hiking.


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Old 01-19-2015, 10:57 PM   #34
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Things to do on the Way to and From BBNP

Junction, TX off Interstate 10: Stop at Coopers Barbecue for lunch

Ft Davis, TX - Tour Ft Davis, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
McDonald Observatory: Visitor Center, Star watch party and telescope tours


Alpine, Texas: Reata Restaurant - Chicken Fried Steak, Sul Ross University, Museum of the Big bend. Good place to shop for groceries and stuff. Lost Alaskan RV park

Marfa,TX: Marfa Lights, Chinati Hot Springs, Chinati Foundation, Prada Marfa

Terlingua, TX: Big bend RV resort (like camping in a gravel pit with full hookups), Starlight Bar and Grill, Graveyard on the way to the Starlight, Rio Bravo Restaurant

Gage, TX: The Gage Hotel 12 Gage Restaurant and White Buffalo Bar

Fredericksburg, TX: Museum of the Pacific War, German Food

Johnson City, TX: LBJ Ranch, Wineries, Wildflower farm
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:48 AM   #35
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Went in May of 2014. Temp at noon one day was 103. Our ac in a 25 flying cloud fb couldn't keep it under 85 in the AS. Hot enough that as soon as we got back to austin We had a second ac installed.

We stayed at Lajitas resort campground. It was clean and well kept. Keep in mind that you are in the middle of NOWHERE. Lajitas resort is a nice place. They have a nice golf course.

There is good hiking nearby. As mentioned by others try to have everything you need. There are a couple of small stores in the area. They also have diesel fuel.

The parks are vast and desolate. Miles and miles of dessert. We were glad that we made the 600 mile trip but did not find the effort worthy of making the trip again.

The roads are good, never get below 1/4 tank of gas.

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:00 AM   #36
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I've been down there three times, all in Feb. I love it down there. Rustic, and beautiful. We always camp at the CG there in Terlingua. I see the "Cave restaurant has been mentioned, as well as the Starlight restaurant. Both are near Terlingua and great places. There is a CG at the top of the mountain. It's really neat, and worth the drive up there, but with the switchback roads going up, I'm not sure you could get a 19' Bambi up there.
We've been snowed on in Feb, and had 90 degree days, so be prepared for anything.
It's a little disconcerting at first to see all the border patrol trucks around there, but after a while you don't notice them. I was glad they were around.
We like off road riding, and there are some great gravel roads to take down there. The Old Ore road, for one. If you have time, I'd go over to the State Park also. Gravel roads that are fun down there also. I've had lunch every time at the bunk house in the state park, neat place, but you have to make sure it's open. (And they are serving.)
I got a sticker from the State Park store that says "Big Bend Texas, the other side of nowhere." Sums it up pretty well.
It's a beautiful area, I will definitely be back there.
Have fun.
This was taken on one of the cold, snow days. It was warm by 2:00..
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:41 AM   #37
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Diesel is available in the park but only at the service station just west of the Panther Junction visitor center. That is about 25 miles from Rio Grande Village CG. Diesel is also available near the west entrance of the park which is about 40 miles from the visitor center. Terlingua, Lajitas and Study Butte are in that area and have fuel available. They are on the road from BBNP to Big Bend Ranch State Park. For those that don't remember or never knew, Terlingua was for years the site of the World Championship Chili Cookoff. Five to seven thousand hearty ( and usually drunk) souls would be there each year. Hondo Crouch of Luckenbach fame would be there camped along with all the others in the ruins of Terlingua and its mining heritage. A fun time was had by all, or most. You had to watch out for the open mine shafts!
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If you were approaching BB from the East (say Mobile or New Orleans) what would make you "must see" list of scenic natural attractions in the February time frame? Dream itinerary? Thanks for your thoughts.


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Old 01-20-2015, 04:25 PM   #39
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There is an article about Big Bend in the Feb 2015 issue of TEXAS HIGHWAYS
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:34 PM   #40
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The "office" for the Tumble In campground in Marfa. Highly recommend.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:01 PM   #41
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We've been there a couple times, the most recent being between Christmas and New Years of this year. Big Bend is the winter gem of the NPS. We stay at the Big Bend Resort at Terlingua. Access to the Park is easy and I like full hook-ups. They have gas and diesel. Never let the tank get below 1/2. Stop in Alpine for groceries. There are some limited groceries in Terlingua, but better in Alpine. Good beer from Big Bend Brewing Co. can be purchased at Porter's Thriftway right on the way. Frontera IPA and Terlingua Gold are our favorites. Terlingua is a trip in itself. Home of hippies neer-do-wells off duty Rangers and people with a past. Definately buy a beer in the store and watch the sunset on the Chisos Mts.from the "Porch". Improptu concerts and sing alongs too.
Lots of good suggestions have been already mentioned. Ask a Ranger. They know lots. Don't forget to check out the hot springs. If you plan to wade across the river to Boquillas, don't forget to bring your passport. Get out of your truck and take a hike. You will be back!
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:04 AM   #42
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Load up on groceries before you head down to the park.

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DITTO- You will spend a small fortune on local supplies.
Plenty of fresh water, and of course empty black and grey.

It is a beautiful park, however dont underestimate the drive time!!
If you intend on going across the boarder, make sure to have your passports, and nost of all HAVE FUN!-
It is a remarkable area, Fall, Winter, and Spring....like many others have mentioned- Summers are to be avoided due to VERY high Temps!!
Safe Travels!!
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