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Old 10-12-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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So, Big Bend National Park...have you been? If not, do you have a desire to go? It looks interesting, particularly the canyons and the desert vegatation that grows there after a good rain storm. Is it worth the drive to get there? It's a long drive from anywhere, even a long haul from El Paso. What's the best time of year to see it? I'd be glad to hear feedback on some people's experience in the park.
We very nearly moved to Terlingua several years back. I have always loved the desert and the freedom that living in an area with very few people offers.

Never had much interest in the park, though, other than maybe looking at the aoudads now and then. But Terlingua has a great restaurant and bar from what I am told and LOTS of genuine characters to make life interesting.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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The elevation of Chisos Mts Basin is 5400 ft.....

Big Bend National Park - The Chisos Basin Area (U.S. National Park Service)

Yep, you only go down there in the summer once, LOL!! I have found March and April to be nice there, though.
You are correct, the camping area is 5401 feet. The tops of the peaks are over 7000 ft which is where I got confused.

Casa Grande is 7325ft
Emory Peak is 7825ft

Here is a nice map
www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/upload/BIBE_map1_2007.pdf
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Where I live.
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You are correct, the camping area is 5401 feet. The tops of the peaks are over 7000 ft which is where I got confused.

Casa Grande is 7325ft
Emory Peak is 7825ft

Here is a nice map
www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/upload/BIBE_map1_2007.pdf
For those who want to see the map (and it is a very good one of the park), right-click and save as......it didn't work directly for me, but that's not unusual for PDF files.

And yes, there are higher peaks, and all wonderful to see. I miss Big Bend and Alpine/FD. If I weren't so sick of the inside of a car, I'd make a trip down later this month. I will be in Texas anyway, and I'm considering making a sidetrip there if I'm not worn out!

Definitely God's country to me, the whole area. It's one of the few places in Texas that is not overrun with people, and I like that!
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Went there in June of 1994 with my father, brother, grandfather, and a cousin in two cars from Dallas. Loooooooooooooooooooooooooong drive. Also, don't go there in the summer because the temps there will heat up past 100. I think one day when we were hiking some trail it was up to 110 degrees that day. Being 12 years of age and walking in 110 degree temperatures wasn't fun.

We also stopped at the McDonald Observatory, stayed in the Davis Moutains for a night, stayed at Lake Balmorhea, and then ended up staying in Lake Brownwood coming back to Dallas. The trip lasted about 6 days or so.

We saw plenty of deer and javelina, but no bears or mountain lions.......

It was fun, but I hate long car trips.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Being 12 years of age and walking in 110 degree temperatures wasn't fun...We saw plenty of deer and javelina, but no bears or mountain lions.......
It's even less fun being 65 years of age and walking in 110-degree temperatures!

The onlly problem with seeing bears and mountain lions is that they see you as well. I remember staying at the Chisos Lodge and being charged by javelina every time I stepped off the back porch! They never got me, but it wasn't for lack of trying.They reminded me of cartoon characters, but I'm sure it would have been all too real if one had gotten its little tusks in me. Mean little suckers!
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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We very nearly moved to Terlingua several years back. I have always loved the desert and the freedom that living in an area with very few people offers.

Never had much interest in the park, though, other than maybe looking at the aoudads now and then. But Terlingua has a great restaurant and bar from what I am told and LOTS of genuine characters to make life interesting.

20yrsinBranson
Yep, I'm sure some of the characters are wanted by the IRS, FBI, ATF, and a few more agencies. At least they look like it.

I have been there 5 times in 20 years, in the spring, summer and fall. I wish I could spent a couple weeks every year in that area. There is the freedom, the beuaty, the isolation, and the difference.
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Something I learned this weekend...you can take the Amtrak Sunset limited train to Alpine from Houston, San Antonio or El Paso (you can also connect from DFW) and from there rent a car and drive a little over an hour from Alpine to Big Bend.
NORMAL driving speed requires 2 hours whether you go TX-118 or US-285 between Alpine and park hdqrs.

As nice as the park itself is, the drive between Presidio and Terlingua on FM-170 is also spectacular much of the way. It closely parallels the Rio Grande the entire way. It's easy to make a round trip of it via Marfa going either clockwise or CCwise from Alpine.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, especially in the spring and late fall. The austerity of the landscape, the clarity of the air and the skies are truly awe inspiring. It's not for everyone, but for some people the landscape of West Texas speaks to something deep in their soul.

Do go.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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I wanna go so bad. When I was younger I thought all of Texas looked like Dallas. I'm glad I was wrong.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, especially in the spring and late fall. The austerity of the landscape, the clarity of the air and the skies are truly awe inspiring. It's not for everyone, but for some people the landscape of West Texas speaks to something deep in their soul.

Do go.
qft.
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