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Old 11-13-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Big Bend TX must see and do

I am heading down to Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park around Thanksgiving. I will have only a few days in the area. What should I put on my list?
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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Top is a resident expert in this area from what I remember. Hope he chimes in.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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If it's not out of your way, there is a nice state park at Ft Davis. Much of the original fort from the 1800s just down the road has been restored but it will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The MacDonald Observatory is up the hill from Ft Davis and is open to tour during the day and the have star parties in the evenings.
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National Park and State Park are great

We loved both the national park and the state park. I have no idea what flora and fauna are like in November. Here is a link to our blog from Big Bend in March. the adventures of tumbleweed
Cottonwood campground is highly recommended.

One of the most amazing hikes we have ever taken is Closed Canyon in Big Bend State Park. Just amazingly quite, except for the birds and bees.
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Hey Lumatic,
I wish we were going to BBNP to show you what great things there are, but maybe next time. I can tell you that "Balanced Rock" is a must see. There are so many things to see at BBNP that it can overwhelm you. We have camped there for six nights and have yet to get to the West side of the park. Outside of the park, I would recommend Marfa and Alpine for some cool stuff. Marathon is a cool little town as well. Enjoy the trip!
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In my opinion, Santa Elena Canyon, Boquias Canyon, The Basin of the Chisos Mountains, and the drive along the river to Presidio. If you see all of these things, you will have also done most all of the scenic drives in the area.
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