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The Balanced Rock, Big Bend National Park

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  • pretty great hike - only the last 10-20minutes is really challenging, (as in, climbing up, and around on rocks) the rest is pretty much a straight shot down a pretty well defined path. The reward at t...  more »
  • Grapevine Hills Trail is a 2.2 r/t hike that ends at Balanced Rock. To get to the trailhead, you must drive down a 6 mile gravel road, which you get to off of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. We were in...  more »
  • Excellent hike, long dirt road drive to get there. Saw some deer along the way. Once at the top you have nice views of not only the rock but he rest of the mountains.  more »

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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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