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Old 06-24-2016, 04:52 AM   #1
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:01 PM   #2
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Love Big Bend. We spent a week there last April. Canoed the Rio, hiked and took long drives. Stayed at an amazing RV resort just outside the park that was all but empty.
Are you there NOW? I didn't think anyone ventures into Big Bend in the summer.


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Love Big Bend. We spent a week there last April. Canoed the Rio, hiked and took long drives. Stayed at an amazing RV resort just outside the park that was all but empty.
Are you there NOW? I didn't think anyone ventures into Big Bend in the summer.


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We came home this last weekend. That picture was at the Lajita's RV Park and Resort.

There was no one there. Their season is from Oct-May. It was a bit on the warm side but I was able to snap that pic about 6am one morning.
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That's where we stayed as well - really interesting place. From what a staffer told us, that whole resort (hotel, restaurants, shops and RV Park) went bankrupt simply because too few people would drive that far across Texas and the Big Bend area to stay there.
They also had sold some lots for housing.
A wealthy individual that owned a home there loved the area and the resort so much that he bought it out of bankrupcy. He runs it as a loss (I'll be a pretty large loss) just to keep it around for his use.
We found it fantastic but even in April it was Hot. Everybody said it's the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas get away.
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Hi. Hope someone can give me a little advice about Big Bend National Park. We were thinking of driving through Big Bend on our way back from Albuquerque in October. Is that something I could do in 2 days if I needed to...or would it be ridiculous to try? Was hoping we could spend a night in Fort Davis...then drive through Presidio to Terlingua and spend the night, and then finish driving through the next day and stay in Fort Stockton. I know that is a lot of driving but wasn't sure I would regret not at least driving through when I am so close...not sure when I will get back that way...maybe never. Any opinions?
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I don't know about big bend as we have it on our list of CGs to visit, but I do know that you cannot pull a camper longer than 24' (I think). The roads are too narrow and winding. Also, it is not full hook up and they have limited water supply as they often restrict water usage.

I can tell you that Ft. Davis is great! Plan a trip to the observatory while you're there. The state park has full hook ups. Make sure your tv is in tip top shape. Pulling a big camper up a tall mountain puts a lot of strain on your truck. (Ask me how I know)


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Awsome i was telling DW we need to take the kids out there, maybe oct/nov?
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DeeBee,
That would be a "Family Vacation" type visit - you know, the one where they pull up to the Grand Canyon, look from left to right, get back in the car and leave.

It is a long drive and you'll miss a lot of the beauty if you don't take time to drive down to Boquillas, take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive down to the Rio and the Santa Elana Canyon (all dirt but good condition), Take the road into the Chihos Mountains, etc.

On the main road 118 down to Terilinqua and back out again on 385 you'll see about 10% of the park. Mostly you'll see the desert part and miss the really cool parts. You'll wind up thinking "what's the big deal with this place.

And it is a LONG drive - deceptively long - gas up when you leave the expressway - its few and far between and more expensive in the bend.

If you do decide to go - the Mustang RV park at Lajitas is an incredible (some say only) place to stay.
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THANKS SO MUCH! Truly appreciate the advice...maybe we can work it out to try to spend a few more days!
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