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Where are some good places to stay that have ac and a shower?  Was talking last night with some friends about going.

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8 minutes ago, kevwun said:

Where are some good places to stay that have ac and a shower?  Was talking last night with some friends about going.

You can find some houses on Airbnb or HomeAway in Terlingua that have a/c and showers. 

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2 minutes ago, kevwun said:

Thanks, how much of drive is that to a park entrance?

Terlingua is 5-10 minutes from the entrance near Maverick Road.

 

If you stay at Terlingua Ranch Lodge, there's a dirt road entrance that leads to a point between the North entrance and Panther junction on 385.

 

If you stay at Lajitas, you're as close as possible to the State Park and you can walk right into the National Park on the other side of the golf course.

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Spent last week in Big Bend. We did a 4 day canoe trip through Boquillas Canyon followed by 2 nights in the Basin. We did a guided float through Big Bend River Tours and it was fantastic. They fed us like kings: steaks, salmon, enchiladas, cheesecake...it really took it to the next level and may be the only camping trip where I walked away feeling like I gained weight. The river was at about 110 cfs but there were only a couple places where we bottomed out. A couple of class 2 rapids but otherwise a very calm and relaxing float. We also got to explore some very nice side canyons. The Basin almost felt claustrophobic after being on the river for 4 days, but we did get to summit Casa Grande...which has been on my list for a while. 

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I'm a Chisos Mountains Lodge guy....much cooler in the basin and perfect jumping off point for South Rim trail.

Rooms aren't flashy but they're clean and not overpriced.  Food at the lodge is, well, adequate.

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the camping situation in the basin was ridiculous. we didn't have too much trouble finding a spot on thursday morning, but when we left on saturday we had some asshole trying to set up camp in our site before we even took our tent down. there were people there before sunrise scoping out spots. 

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well, they have electricity now. you can still get a good meal at falcon's restaurant, and the bar is still there but no more pool tables. as you can imagine the border being closed for a decade didn't do them any favors.

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1 hour ago, SimonBolivar said:

How is Boquillas Mexico doing now?

We've gone 6 times since it was re-opened to the USA.  Falcon's food is great!  We've also done a tour with "Chalo" to the hot springs on their side.  They are way better than the park hot springs.  We just had to wait for the neked Federales to finish bathing.

We always ride horses into town.  We've considered doing a visit to the crystal caves.  Anyone ever done that while over in Boquillas?

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I was at the Alon in Study Butte this Spring and some douchebag was talking about carrying cigarettes and ammo over to sell in Boquillas at inflated prices.  The only thing we've ever taken over there with the intent of not coming back with were backpacks of crayons, colored pencils, erasers, candy, and other treats for the kids in gift bags.

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On 4/13/2018 at 4:14 PM, stc said:

well, they have electricity now. you can still get a good meal at falcon's restaurant, and the bar is still there but no more pool tables. as you can imagine the border being closed for a decade didn't do them any favors.

what i loved about those pool tables is the balls seemed to be made out of agate or onyx.  really cool.  oh, and i loved that there were no doors on the bar.  you just walked in from the dusty desert, and the restroom in the back had no ceiling.  it was just like peeing outdoors.

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Saw this guy on South Rim trail 2 years ago. Big Bend is fucking awesome. Next time I need a 4-wheel drive so I can do a roadside or backcountry campsite and not have to listen to people's generators all night. The Chisos Basin is still a very cool place to camp.c35fe413523b2ab510549ea94bc8d670.jpg

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We went for spring break and had a great time. Let my 13 year old drive for the first time on a back country dirt road coming from Santa Elena Canyon. The view behind us is still my phone screen pic.

 

 

 

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Loved every minute of that place. Considering a trip back this fall.

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I’m headed there Thursday or Friday with my kids and my Dad. It’s my older son’s second time there and my younger son’s first. Planning to base ourselves in the basin campground but my kids and I are going to spend one night on the south rim. Other than that, we will roam around to Santa Elena, maybe the Boquillas crossing, hot springs, etc 

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Bump.  Thinking of taking my 11-yo son out there this coming Spring Break.  I'm born and raised in Texas, but have never been.  Spent time in Fort Davis, but not Big Bend.

My plan is to leave Friday when he gets out of school, stay at the ranch in Kimble Co, and try to get there before lunch Saturday.  Thinking that we'll stay through Tuesday afternoon then head back.We've hiked a bunch including overnight hikes and have a good setup for primitive camping.  I'm going to look at lodging availability this coming week, but I'd imagine we'll have at least one night camping in the back country.  More if lodging is scarce.  

What's the best strategy?  Backcountry camping along the trails?  I know Spring Break tends to be a busy time.  Any must see areas?  Anything to avoid?  I'll hang up and listen.

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I have been to Big Bend a couple of times right before the beginning of traditional Spring Break.  The place gets pretty jammed up.  Usually I'm leaving the park as all the Breakers are arriving (in numbers).  Lodging and camp site access in the basin is going to be an issue for you at this late date. 

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Yeah, youd be better off driving overnight to get to the Chisos Basin Ranger Station (I think it is the first one to open) right as it opens for backcountry permits. Don't plan on staying at any of the developed campgrounds. Those will likely be all taken.

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On 4/13/2018 at 5:50 PM, AnonymousInternetPoster said:

We've gone 6 times since it was re-opened to the USA.  Falcon's food is great!  We've also done a tour with "Chalo" to the hot springs on their side.  They are way better than the park hot springs.  We just had to wait for the neked Federales to finish bathing.

We always ride horses into town.  We've considered doing a visit to the crystal caves.  Anyone ever done that while over in Boquillas?

Were they horses or donkeys that you rented from an old blind man?

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On 10/7/2018 at 9:58 PM, Spaulding Smails said:

Bump.  Thinking of taking my 11-yo son out there this coming Spring Break.  I'm born and raised in Texas, but have never been.  Spent time in Fort Davis, but not Big Bend.

My plan is to leave Friday when he gets out of school, stay at the ranch in Kimble Co, and try to get there before lunch Saturday.  Thinking that we'll stay through Tuesday afternoon then head back.We've hiked a bunch including overnight hikes and have a good setup for primitive camping.  I'm going to look at lodging availability this coming week, but I'd imagine we'll have at least one night camping in the back country.  More if lodging is scarce.  

What's the best strategy?  Backcountry camping along the trails?  I know Spring Break tends to be a busy time.  Any must see areas?  Anything to avoid?  I'll hang up and listen.

You have to go.  Hiking at Big Bend was only a portion of our West Texas trip last Spring Break, but it made a lasting impact on our family.  Didn't camp in the park, but did a few afternoon hikes, including Santa Elena Canyon and 'The Window', which were awesome.   As great as the park was, the place where we stayed was almost just as great as an experience.  Highly recommend Basecamp Terlingua.  Check out their lodging options on their website.  We stayed in a Tipi and are trying to get back there this fall. 

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On 11/5/2018 at 9:30 PM, Hank_Hill said:

Doing a 30 miler in mid december. How cold we talkin?

Probably not too bad.

 

On 6/14/2018 at 9:39 PM, hookem2010 said:

Saw this guy on South Rim trail 2 years ago. Big Bend is fucking awesome. Next time I need a 4-wheel drive so I can do a roadside or backcountry campsite and not have to listen to people's generators all night. The Chisos Basin is still a very cool place to camp.c35fe413523b2ab510549ea94bc8d670.jpg

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Some good primitive campsites along the river, but they require high clearance/4x4. There is a jeep road that runs along the river. Some are 20+ miles in, so you wouldn't hear a damned thing other than the wildlife.

 

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17 hours ago, High Plains Drifter said:

Probably not too bad.

 

 

 

Nice. Yea we're doing the Outer Mountain Loop trail with some side hikes. Can't wait. 

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27 minutes ago, Hank_Hill said:

Nice. Yea we're doing the Outer Mountain Loop trail with some side hikes. Can't wait. 

Might be chilly at night, but generally warms up during the day. If you aren't camping, I'd take a windbreaker or similar just in case.

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It was in the 20's some of the nights in early January when we went. It was pretty chilly on top of the mountains as well. A good down jacket like the REI coop down jacket and a baselayer should do you. But we also drove through a winter storm that knocked all the power out for 100 miles around the park on the way there. So it's probably like anywhere in Texas during the winter, you won't know until a few days before. The weather can also vary considerably in different areas of the park.

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definitely a crapshoot. last time i went in december it never got above 35 degrees anywhere in the park. hiking in the cold isn't too bad as long as you're prepared, you can see a lot of the desert that just isn't possible during the heat of the summer. 

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Has anyone done a trip while staying in Alpine? I know it's quite a drive every morning, but is it comfortable or not worth the $$$ saved by staying in Alpine?

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39 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

Has anyone done a trip while staying in Alpine? I know it's quite a drive every morning, but is it comfortable or not worth the $$$ saved by staying in Alpine?

It's definitely doable.  Upsides are better accommodations, less crowds.  Downsides are you'll be putting about 180 extra miles on your car each day.  If you're not going to camp then hotels outside the park are about your only option.  It takes planning way in advance to get a cabin or lodge room.  The other upside to staying in Alpine is you could visit places outside the park - Ft Leaton, the state park, Marfa, Terlingua, Ft Davis, etc.

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3 hours ago, SimonBolivar said:

Has anyone done a trip while staying in Alpine? I know it's quite a drive every morning, but is it comfortable or not worth the $$$ saved by staying in Alpine?

we've stayed in Marathon at The Gage and driven in the park each day.  Other options that are a lot closer would be Lajitas Resort or Cibilo Creek Ranch

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5 minutes ago, MAROON said:

we've stayed in Marathon at The Gage and driven in the park each day.  

Would you do it again or choose to stay closer?

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11 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

Would you do it again or choose to stay closer?

well the wife loves The Gage.  But I would like to try out Lajitas Resort.  She went on a girls trip there and loved it as well.

 

What I don't like about staying at The Gage or far from the park is that it pretty much keeps you from eating at Starlight or pounding drinks in Terlingua or at La Kiva, etc.  Way too far a drive back to Marathon after dinner/drinks.

 

this now has my interest

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lots of interesting airbnb rentals out there.  

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Alpine is a great place to stay if you're not going to the park every day.  Like someone else said, it's a good halfway point to places like Ft. Davis, etc.  

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On 11/12/2018 at 8:11 PM, High Plains Drifter said:

Probably not too bad.

 

Some good primitive campsites along the river, but they require high clearance/4x4. There is a jeep road that runs along the river. Some are 20+ miles in, so you wouldn't hear a damned thing other than the wildlife.

 

There are also some primitive sites along dirt roads that don't necessarily need 4wd.  Any soccer mom suv or truck should be enough.  I can't for the life of me remember which those are though.

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Also, I was just there for a few days.  Campgrounds are closed and so is backcountry camping but it's not the government shutdown apocalypse.  The staff from the lodge is cleaning/supplying the restrooms in the basin, and all the consessonair stores are open.  Pit toilets were open, but no TP.  Just saying, don't be afraid to go, just be prepared.

It was crazy on wednessday.  It was foggy, windy and  28 at the base of the road into the basin with frost on the plants.  Then you get into the basin and you are above the fog, it's sunny and in the 50s.

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I knew there was a thread for this but I couldn’t find it. Thanks for UnivTex34 for pointing me this way.

I have been to BIBE several times and along the river road, but had never been to the interior of the state park until this past weekend.

Some of you have seen some of these since I cross posted them to the camping thread but here are some from that trip as well as some NP photos from a trip I took in early December.

La Mota Mountain

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Sunset at Papalotito Colorado.

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Full pila near Tres Papalotes.

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La Mota from Papalotito Colorado.

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DOM rock from Fandango. The original one from before the movie is up above it.

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You can also see Casa Grande and Emory Peak from here.

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Small agave on the South Rim.

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And these were actually taken on 35mm.

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I also have lots of photos of many of the things down there if anyone is wanting to see anything in particular.

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Great pics Anton...

In my youth (early 70s) there was an off the map trip you could take within the park to an old Army camp right on the river.  It was hard to get to...very primitive road.  There were  military dug outs, for gun emplacements, sparse remains of a couple of semi-permanent structures, and old debris all over the area - tobacco tins, food tins, bullet casings, etc.  Memory is that it was actually attacked by Pancho Villa's men (not Pancho himself) and a fire fight took place there (hence the gun casings).

I asked a Ranger at Panther Junction on my last trip about this and he said he'd never heard of it.  I took from that that they didn't want people in there these days.

Does anyone else recall such a place? 

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Great pics Anton... In my youth (early 70s) there was an off the map trip you could take within the park to an old Army camp right on the river.  It was hard to get to...very primitive road.  There were  military dug outs, for gun emplacements, sparse remains of a couple of semi-permanent structures, and old debris all over the area - tobacco tins, food tins, bullet casings, etc.  Memory is that it was actually attacked by Pancho Villa's men (not Pancho himself) and a fire fight took place there (hence the gun casings).

I asked a Ranger at Panther Junction on my last trip about this and he said he'd never heard of it.  I took from that that they didn't want people in there these days.

Does anyone else recall such a place? 

 

 

I know of Camp Neville Springs (where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed) and Camp Glenn Springs which was raided but it’s l not on the river.

 

The Glenn Springs Raid matches your description aside from having any kind of gun emplacements, but isn’t on the Rio. 3 of those soldiers were killed in 1916 by Pancho Villa’s men.

 

There are some ruins of the old camp and candelilla wax production structures here:

 

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There’s actually a pull out on Glenn Springs road nearby so you can explore the area. I have driven those roads but haven’t explored Glenn Springs yet. Maybe next time.

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1 hour ago, gecko said:

Great pics Anton...

In my youth (early 70s) there was an off the map trip you could take within the park to an old Army camp right on the river.  It was hard to get to...very primitive road.  There were  military dug outs, for gun emplacements, sparse remains of a couple of semi-permanent structures, and old debris all over the area - tobacco tins, food tins, bullet casings, etc.  Memory is that it was actually attacked by Pancho Villa's men (not Pancho himself) and a fire fight took place there (hence the gun casings).

I asked a Ranger at Panther Junction on my last trip about this and he said he'd never heard of it.  I took from that that they didn't want people in there these days.

Does anyone else recall such a place? 

almost had to be something from the pancho villa era.  i know the dea used castalon as a base for the pablo acosta raid, who's mom lived in santa elena, but that was in the 80's.

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From the Dom rock(s), if you go around the corner and down a little, watch out: I pissed there back in August.

Hell of a view from there.

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Planning a three-day hiking trip with primitive camping over Spring Break with my son (11 years old).  At first glance, I'm thinking of doing the outer loop.  Any recommendations on that or other trails?  We can stretch it to a four day trip if needed.  What are priorities to see / do?  Go for one loop, or break it up into other individual trips?

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Anyone ever found any peyote out there? I've been a half dozen times and no such luck.

Also don't ask for dessert at La Kiva...

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