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Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip

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Offline treygray01

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Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:08:59 PM »
Good Afternoon Fellas

Looking at possibly doing a BB trip (Terlingua/Lajitas area) during Christmas Break. Any info would be great.

suggested number of days/nights to stay.
what type of weather to expect.
favorite activities.
favorite camping spots.
favorite lodging places.
local night life & places to eat.

Looking forward to hearing you guys suggestions.
Thanks

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Offline Moose

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Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 08:02:46 PM »
Hello Trey,

I am a Newbie to BBNP area as well.  One trip so far and hooked.  Done extensive research thou and going back next month in NOV. for a week.
I'll try to briefly answer your questions.

number of days:    as many as you can,  everybody is different on their tolerance in traveling,  but there is so much to explore
weather:   google this and watch weather fronts
camping spots:   Rio Grande Village or Chisos basin area are great.   Everything you need is close by.   You will have neighbors.   
Primitive camp sites are more isolated but are on first come basis for reservation.
Night life::Terlingua ghost town and Starlite Theater

When you pay at park entrance you will receive a park map.   this is BEST thing to help you plan your day.


Highlights :
Sam Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive Rd    (a must do)
Santa Elena Canyon   (#1 on your list)
Old Maverick Road (need a truck to travel, some sections of road are washboard so slow going)
Homer Wilson Hike (1/2 mile hike)
Tuff Canyon  (great spot to explore)
Chisos Basin (visitor station, restaurant, camping, general store, picnic tables)
The Tunnel (photo opportunity)
Hot Springs (short hike, take swim trunks)
Boquillas Crossing into Mexico (need passport)  check hours open
Boquillas Canyon Overlook (awesome views)

my 2 cents.  GO.   Take pictures.    Have fun.

RH


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Offline mule ears

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Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 08:33:50 PM »
Good stuff from Moose.  Spend some time looking at the Suggested itineraries Board and the Lodging Reviews board.

In thinking about seeing the park and the area most people look at the park as 3 or 4 distinct areas/days to explore for the first time.  The  East side down to Boquillas and back, the West side down to Santa Elena canyon and back, the mountains and the Basin and the 4th would be along the river.  You can add as many days as you want to explore each area further.

Ask more specific questions as you come to them.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2019, 08:51:40 AM »
You'll get more than you can handle here but Mule Ears hit it perfectly for a first trip. 

5 days/4 nights.
It's an all day drive for most people.
1 day for east side of park.  Your job is to pick what to do on that side.
1 day for the west side.  Your job is to pick what to do on that side.
1 day for the mountain.  Your job.....
Day to drive home.

You have to understand, the park is TOO BIG to skip all over from one side to another.  That's the reason to spend entire day in each area. 

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Offline dprather

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Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2019, 09:21:50 AM »
Someone smart has observed that Big Bend is a (I) desert, (ii) mountains, and (iii) river park and to divide visits accordingly. 

The words about the park being too big to skip from one place to another are so true. 
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline treygray01

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Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ANY general info to plan a BB trip
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 10:52:41 AM »
Awesome, great info from all. I appreciate it. I will def have some more questions as I continue my research.
Thank you

 


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