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Old 01-18-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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Big Bend?

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!
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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Just tagging in to watch the responses. We're considering a trip to Big Bend NP and had the same questions.

Thanks for asking and starting the thread.

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Old 01-18-2015, 04:29 PM   #3
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We were there in September 3-4 years ago.

It is a very long drive down in.....be sure you have everythng you need for your stay, and do a few days to see the park and offset the length of the drive.


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DO NOT go in the summer. Seriously, any time but summer, but dead of winter can be cold too. Spring Break is probably not a good time either...crowded.

Stop at the gate visitor center and get information. There is lots to see and do there, especially if you are a hiker.

At a minimum, drive all the paved roads and visit Boquias Canyon, Santa Elena Canyon, and the Chisos Basin.

The only place inside the park big enough to park your trailer is at Rio Grande Village, which has hookups, but it's like a parking lot.
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If you are into geology or desert ecology, it is an interesting place. You can actually cross to Mexico legally and visit a tiny village. We were there in late April and it was very toasty. I imagine that it is untenable in mid-summer.

Load up on groceries before you head down to the park.

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We have been down that way a couple of times and really enjoyed it. We stayed at a decent campground in the small town (crossroads!) or Terlingua which has full hookups and is very close to the State Park and the Federal Park.

It is the kind of place where most folk seem to drive pickup trucks (not that there are many folk around!) and many wave at you when they approach on the highway!

You can get some food supplies at Terlingua (right at the campground) and there is at least one gas station there - maybe a couple. Also a few really interesting little restaurants there - I remember one that was sort of half underground and looked like a cave inside.


It is a fantastic spot for scenery and hiking -lots of walking trails and ranger guided tours in the park.

If you enjoy that sort of thing it is not to be missed.

Don't go there looking for lots of shopping and city life though, it is pretty remote

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We went for a Thanksgiving week one year with our old 34. Fried turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy - the works! It was a great time of year to go weather wise. Sometimes cool enough to need a light jacket but pretty nice all around.

We did not stay in the park campground area with the full hook-ups. It's just a parking lot with hook-ups. We stayed at Rio Grande Village in the park. No hook- ups but very natural setting. We had no problem fitting with our 34.

We did some hiking and biking. Maggie is right. Make sure you have everything you need as it is a long drive on the road to the park 2 hours if I remember correctly.

We loved the park and may go back in March of this year. Check out Marfa if you're dien that way. A funky, artsy town not to far from Big Bend.
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Thanks everyone! Please keep those ideas coming. We are thinking of going the first or second week of March. Has anyone stayed at the Maverick RV Park in or near the Lajitas Golf Resort?
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We have been researching for spring break. Thinking of Lajita Resort that has a RV park attached. Only bc of resort activities. Their phone has not been working for a month, so that has worried us.
Also thinking the state park, but I read they do not have hook ups.
Would love any feedback as well.
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@64airstream: Thanks but I have to give credit for starting the thread to our buddy, Arcticfox. He had a great idea to start the thread!
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@sbates: I have called them several times over the last few days and left several messages. They finally left me a message back today saying they do have reservations open. We'll see how long it takes me to get them back on the phone....
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Been there first week in December of last year. Stayed at the Rio Grande Village parking lot with hook ups. No crowds at all. Light freeze in the mornings. Served as a base camp for exploring. Visited all of the park by road, paved and unpaved. No cell service and minimal wifi at the store/laundry. Gas and light groceries available in the park. If you want a whole lot of room to yourself then this is the place to visit. Darn good accommodations for being as remote as it is. Only bummer is no pets allowed on the hiking trails. Felt strange being next to the border just a few yards away. Can't wait to return. Lots of history about the hardy early settlers in the region.


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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!
Yes! Three times. You can find details here-
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...bby-79678.html
We went in October, December and March. Wonderful.
We stayed at the RV parking lot at Rio Grande Village and Terlingua Ranch.
We did a whole lot of hiking.
I would stay there for a very long time if I could.
Alpine, Marathon and Marfa are some of the best things to see in Texas.
Have fun!
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