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Sam Nail Ranch, Big Bend National Park

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Where to stay in Big Bend National Park

To spend the night in Big Bend National Park, pitch your tent in one of three developed campgrounds or bunk down in one of the rooms or cottages at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. Of the three campgrounds, Chisos Basin, known for colorful mountain sunsets, is easiest to reach. Rio Grande Village and Cottonwood, however, provide scenic settings of their own along the Rio Grande River. A few motels lie just outside the park, but options are limited. If you need a broader range of choices, consider staying in Marfa, a two-hour drive north of the heart of the park.
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  • Not much left of the old ranch except for some mud walls and a couple windmills, but still well worth the stop and the short walk to the site. One of the windmills is still pumping water which transfo...  more »
  • Very easy walk and very good for birding in morning or late evening. If you aren't birding, I don't think it's worth stopping.  more »
  • This is usually the first stop on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive (mile 3). The trail is a loop of 0.5 mi/0.8 km and takes you to the remnants of the ranch. One of the windmills is still operational! Th...  more »
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  • Very interesting old farm. Easy hike from the parking area. Beautiful shady setting.
  • Interesting history about ranching activities in the area.
  • Good for a tiny walk.