Hi, Rodney. Took the boys from So. Tx. to Big Bend Nat'l Park via San Antonio and Hwy 90W. Lots of little towns between SA and Del Rio w/ great eats. Definite stop- Langtry and Tx visitor's center. You will get all the lit you need on Big Bend [and more] from this stop. Pahaska's on the money for description of camps at Big Bend. We did opt for Rio Grande Village camp for elec. hook-up. However, that was due to 100+ degree temps in summer. We liked this camp b/c it gave access to several very cool hiking trails, and a chance to bathe in the hot springs of the Rio Grande.
We stayed 2 nights at Terlingua Ranch b/c our "river rats" were having withdrawals from H2O, and that was the only pool in a tri-county area. [Thoroughly upset due to fact that unreasonable parents would not allow unsupervised swimming in uncharted Rio Grande. Was I that invincible and bulletproof in my youth...? How did I make it this far?] Terlingua Ranch provides a chance to camp literally on the side of a mountain [killer views] w/ full or partial hook-ups for $10 or $15/ night if I remember correctly. Terlingua and El Camino Del Rio [The River Road] from Lajitas to Presidio are a day trip from this camp. The River Road is approx 50 mi, but allow 2-3 hrs one way for mountain driving. A safe border crossing from Presidio, Tx into the gorgeous provincial town of Ojinaga is worth another 2-3 hrs. A few yrs back Nat'l Geographic rated this one of the best drives in America. We Texans already knew that.... H---, Yeah!
Just a thought: We wanted to camp at Lajitas one of those nights, so called ahead to RV park to make arrangements. The unenlightened girl on the line inquired as to the length of our "motor coach." I presumably responded with, "I'm not sure what a motor coach is, but we have our '69 Airstream trailer with us." She promptly informed me that she's "sorry, you won't be welcome here. Only Class A motorcoaches are allowed to park" ....???!!! After speaking w/ the locals in Terlingua on the state of affairs in Lajitas, apparently we were the unenlightened ones. They have a heck of a story to tell as to the beginnings of attitudes like that, which are rampant in Lajitas.
Note from fellow kayakers: Do not attempt the Rio Grande in a canoe unless you are highly experienced or are w/ a guide. My understanding is that, depending on recent rainfall/ environmental conditions, there are several very treacherous Class V [possibly VI] rapids. Also, once you put in the Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon or Boquillas Canyon, there is no means of egress unless you are willing to camp riverside [and not in your Airstream] for separate legs of the trip. You may want to check w/ local outfitters to see if shorter day trips are an option....
Keep your eyes peeled for vintage Airstreams parked on the side of roads and by-ways in W. Tx. They are all over the place. Some are currently being used as deer camps or roadside taco stands [can't remember exact location of that one], or are left to disintegrate into the landscape. Wonder what kind of stories they tell...?
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