Big Bend Conservancy
I suggest UPPER Burro Mesa on the west side for day two and any other thing on that side of the park that strikes your fancy. I've seen some (my friend Wayne here) who are reluctant to go down the very last drop on this hike into the pit just above the pour off. They are afraid they won't be able to get back up it. It sounds as though you and your son are pretty good hikers, but just in case you can bring a short piece of rope or a couple of trekking poles that can be looped together at the straps to help get up this last drop off. I've done it alone and I'm out of shape and old, but it does look worse from the top looking down than looking up. If time allows, follow that hike by driving out the park's west exit and down the road west out of Study Butte for a Closed Canyon hike (much shorter than Upper Burro Mesa, and it's in BBRSP, but right on the Hwy) which I think would compliment the Upper Burro Mesa hike quite nicely before going to La Kiva afterwards. If for any reason La Kiva is closed or too packed with people, I also recommend Long Draw Pizza for a good west side eatery. Tell Nancy that fartymarty sent you, just to see the confused look on her face. For the off trail hiking when leaving the park, perhaps the hoodoo area to the west of the road heading towards the Persimon Gap exit? I think parking safely along side the road between mile markers 6 and 7 , then just hike and meander west in the desert veering towards anything that strikes your fancy will be an interesting off trail experience. Just up the road, past the Fossil Bone exhibit, is Exhibit Ridge which is also west of the road and has a nice safe paved (unmarked) pull out on the west side of the road.
Don't forget Luna's jacal on your way up Maverick
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