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CapMorgan welcome to BBC! Where are you coming from to the Bend so we can get a feel for your experience in the desert? How long do you plan to be in the park and what will you be driving? What else are you thinking of doing?Lissa is right about base camping on the Rim where you will have a view. The big issue is water for an extended stay. The rainy season is basicially June-October so Nov. does have a better chance for water in Boot Canyon for resupply. Here is a thing to know about the High Chisos that many new folks don't quite understand at first- it's not very big, there are only 18 miles of trails total from the Basin up into the high area and all around the Rims including Emory Peak but not including Blue Creek and Juniper Canyon trails that lead back down into the desert. Doesn't take very long to walk them all. And the entirety of the Chisos is also not that big, really and is only a fraction of the whole park, lots else to see.November is better weather across the whole park (you can go anywhere and do most anything), more water availability, generally better air quality=views and depending on when in Nov. not so many people. April is hotter, but the cactus and wild flowers are generally starting to hit bloom and the bird migration is strong with a lot of birders in the park, especially in Boot canyon looking for the Colima warbler. Lower desert activities begin to be limited due to heat, need to get it done by noon if you can.If it was me, I would want to spend both time in the mountains and the lower desert to get a real feel for the ecosystem. Maybe camp a night or two in the Chisos and then a night or two (or more) in the desert, somewhere like Mule Ears and then maybe a night at RGV or Cottonwood along the river. If you felt comfortable, an overnight on the Marufo Vega trail would be a good choice, at least in Nov. If April then you might want to camp mostly in the Basin and then take day hikes down into the lower desert in the mornings and driving around to check things out in the afternoon or some of the Chisos day hikes like Lost Mine and the Window.There are a ton of possibilities so give us an idea of what you have been thinking about.
Why not base camp up on the Rim? SW3 has views from camp but is the group site so you need to know to ask for it. SW4 is directly across from the point with amazing views, so a very short walk from camp to views. As for timing, my vote is Nov. Usually great camping weather, and just after rainy season so better chance of water availability. By April itís already well on its way to *hot*.
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