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Annual closure
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2006, 11:35:17 AM »
At present the annual closure of portions of this loop is February 1 through May 31.

Eric Leonard, Park Ranger
Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

(Big Bend Park Ranger 2004-2008)


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South Rim
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2006, 12:46:32 PM »
I love the Boot Canyon trail, but I almost always do the complete South Rim either under pack, or as a dayhike when I am up there.  There is nothing better than the miles along the rim, watching the ever changing perspective of desert peaks, angles of sunlight on plant and rock and the endless horizon for 200+ degrees.  

On several threads you will find advice to camp at one of the rim campsites.  Everyone should do this at least once, wake before sunrise and watch the brightening sky to the east, and then sit in the same spot at dusk, watching the fiery end to a magnificent day.

The view is like the rim of Grand Canyon, only with ten times the horizon.  You are five thousand feet above the Rio Grande, the Sierra del Carmen, Sierra la Fronteriza, Serranias del Burro, Sierra Rica and other ranges rise hundreds to thousands of feet higher and as much as a hundred miles distant.  It is truly one of the great vistas in America.
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Re: south rim
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2007, 12:23:16 PM »
That said, heading up the Laguna Meadows trail to the South Rim provides a better "Oh...My...God" experience as you first crest the final rise and the world falls away in front of you and the desert and mountains in Mexico are finally revealed. 

That was my first experience at BiBe. We camped at SW 3 and just a short hike away was jaw-dropping views!

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