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If you've never been to the park I would recommend hiking in the Chisos. The scenery is outstanding. Also the overnight temperatures are not likely to be as cold as in out in the lower elevations. You could camp your first night at Boulder Meadow or Juniper Flat on the Pinnacles trail and then continue up the trail to the South Rim the next day. I'm not sure what campsites will be available over the holidays but if you can't get a campsite near the rim there are other good sites at Laguna Meadow. I would not recommend Mesa de Anguila or Marufo Vega for first timers to the park.
The only potential problem is the "between Christmas and New Years" part and campsite availability. Might force zone camping which rarely involves loops although there are plenty where one returns back to the vehicle via the way in which isn't really a bad thing.Al
clipTxhiker, you were asking why we want to go zone hiking. It's just that we don't like to be around others when we camp. We'd rather be all by our lonesome when we're outdoors. clip
..Another great option is Mule Ears/Smoky Creek area.
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