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Old 06-29-2016, 08:55 AM   #11
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DeeBee,
Sounds like a great trip. Big Bend is a place we would like to visit also but will wait until Fall/Winter. You had mentioned Fort Stockton, I highly recommend Fort Stockton RV Park. It is a former KOA so you will recognize the building. It is off of I10. We stayed there when we had our pop up and we didn't really hear any road noise. It was a super clean park and bathrooms, nice people for great couple night stay park. Just remember you are in a desert area of TX.

Enjoy your trip. Off topic, I went to college in Rensselaer, IN and used to travel to Valpo to stock up on popcorn at the Orville Redenbacher store. It got me through many finals and late night studying. Loved Valparaiso.
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Thanks for the info about Fort Stockton!! Info like that makes the planning easier! Does anyone know if I actually need to travel with extra gas in a container out that way?
P.S. Valparaiso is a very nice community! Popcorn Festival every September!
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Ft. Stockton is a small west Texas town. It has fuel, restaurants, motels, and some shopping.

I always carry a 5 gallon can of fuel when towing our fifth wheel. This is especially a good idea in this part of west Texas, but I wouldn't say you have to if you are prudent. You'd find fuel in BB park at Panther Junction and at the Rio Grande Village store. When I'm traveling in the BB region, I generally fill up with fuel at every chance.

Food and snacks are expensive in the Park. There is a restaurant - acceptable but rather mediocre - in the Chisos Basin.

BB is a BIG place; the research you are doing will help you figure out what in the park you are especially interested in seeing. Check the NPS BB web site.
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Thank so much, RVhiker! Appreciate yours and everyone else's insight and info. You can read many things but getting info from people that have "been there, done that" really helps! We can't wait to make the trip...just hoping October is a good time to go. Noticed on the website only one visitor center will be open. Everything really opens in November...
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Thank so much, RVhiker! Appreciate yours and everyone else's insight and info. You can read many things but getting info from people that have "been there, done that" really helps! We can't wait to make the trip...just hoping October is a good time to go. Noticed on the website only one visitor center will be open. Everything really opens in November...
We went in early June. Not too many people there. It's their down time. Their season is from October to May.

If you get to Fort Davis, do plan on the visit to the Fort Davis Historical Landmark and be sure to visit the McDonald Observatory!! The Star Watching Party is only available three nights a week!! Watch the schedule and book early!!

Also, if you have picky eaters, not much to choose from as far as restaurants go. Closest McDonalds is in Alpine, TX!!

Lajitas (20 miles from Big Bend NP) has a pretty cool General Store. They have groceries and whatnot.

Have a safe trip!!

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