Big Bend National Park, Alpine
Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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The park is fabulous! It takes several days to see even a part of it. Plan well for the weather and the terrain. Portions are very high and the altitude (and heat) are hard to take. Terrain on many of... read more »
I am a native Texan and it took me almost 60 years to make it here, but am glad I did. The area is really indescribable...like Niagara Falls...Grand Canyon...Yellowstone... you have to stay here a few... read more »
A wonderful national park that really shows the connection between mexico and texas. So many diverse areas from the Rio Grande to the Chisos. Could spend a whole week here!!
Gorgeous and diverse landscape that makes you forget what you left behind and realize just how big and vast Texas really is! From the desert floor to the Chisos Mountain tops, temperatures can vary over 15-20 degrees depending on altitude. I went in the Summer of 2007 and the temperature was around 110*F in the desert and a mild 82*F at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. BE SURE TO BRING WATER!!
Myself, my husband, and our 2 best friends visited Big Bend National Park over Veterans Day weekend. The drive was about 4.5 hours from our home in Del Rio, but well worth it! Starting about an hour before we reached the park, the mountain view was clear and amazing. Once we made it into the park, we were amazed by how many different beautiful terrains there were; from mountains to rivers to canyons to desert; it was all so breath-taking. Our favorite hike was the 1st hike we did, which was 10 miles round trip and went straight up the mountain. The hike criss-crossed back and forth all the way up and then involved some rock climbing; if you climbed this, then you would reach the 2nd highest point in Texas! We saw a black bear, a mountain lion's den, a tarantula, several deer, and dozens of unusual flowers. This was an amazing trip and I would highly recommend it be added to everyone's bucket list! You could spend 2 weeks there and still not be satisfied!
It's a bit out of the way, but still a cool experience. We happened to be there the few times a year when it's raining. Desert landscape and rocky old volcanoes is what it's got, yet still lots of biodiversity. Watching all the Monarch butterflies migrating overhead was a great surprise. We hiked the Santa Elena Canyon trail, where you can literally throw a rock and hit Mexico. No need for a wall here. The Rio Grande already built one. I'd love to come back and paddle the canyon.
Stephanie Stone Perry
Big Bend NP is an American treasure in West Texas. The park is HUGE! You could spend a week driving every road and soak up the phenomenal views of desert mountains. You could go primitive and hike out with your pack... I bet you could hike this park for a year on foot and not see it all. So much sky and beautiful sunsets. The Chisos Basin is a unique bit of the park and is a fun place to stay. We spent a few nights at the lodge at Chisos basin and had a great experience. The rooms were basic, but perfectly acceptably clean and functioning. The park staff was helpful, and they clearly cared about the ecosystem and went out of their way to offer my children interpretation of their unique natural resources. We really enjoyed driving down to Santa Elena's canyon and along the US/Mexico border at the Rio Grande River and taking in a bit of history at Luna's jacal.
We had an amazing trip to Big Bend National Park. Even though the drive down there was ultra boring and uneventful, it was worth it. A few of the memorable points were the Santa Elena Canyon, Lost Mine Trail, and the Chisos Mountains Lodge. All of these sites were well worth the trip and effort. The scenery around the Chisos Mountains was just beautiful and amazing to think it was basically in the middle of the desert. A few of the points that were not worth the effort include the Hot Springs, Balanced Rock Trail and the fact that pets are less welcomed than firearms. Just amazes me that the concept of pets disturbing the wildlife when people are the biggest threat is why the do not allow pets on the hiking trails. That like saying the stuff that makes you fat is the toppings on your ice cream. So my advise is to not take your pets to the park. The Hot Springs were a joke and while we were there some creeping people were trying to take a bikini photo op and it was irritating. But the "hot springs" are not! Save yourself the long drive. The balanced rock trail was pretty cool, but it was a lot of work for what you find. It was the best of the worst. The park was immaculate and the visitor centers were pretty nice. The Chisos Mountain Lodge visitor center was the best, but it was jam packed with hippies and folks bathing in the bathrooms. Otherwise it was a nice place to refresh and hang out. Overall it was a great experience. We did feel like we spent more time in the car driving between sites, than we spent at the sites. That tells you how big that place is. But the scenery was beautiful. I was amazed at how little wildlife we saw, but then again they've been in the middle of a drought for about 10 years. So that explains why the animals have moved out.
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