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Big Bend National Park Q&A

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No New Posts Hiking the Mountains

Frequently asked questions and answers about the National Park System's own mountain range, The Chisos Mountains.

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No New Posts Hiking the Desert

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the desert of the Big Bend, the Chihuahuan desert.

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No New Posts Water and Spring Reports

Post any backcountry spring and water reports here. Keep in mind that water reports are very time-sensitive and there is no guarantee of any reliability of water sources.

No New Posts Outer Mountain Loop

Frequently asked questions and answers about the most popular backpacking hike, the Outer Mountain Loop

No New Posts Boating on the Rio Grande

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the famous river that gives the Bend its name.

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No New Posts Big Bend Photographs

There are many great "Bender" photographers out there. See some of their work here and post your own!

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No New Posts Campgrounds

Got an RV? Wanna picnic table with restrooms nearby? Frequently asked questions and answers about the park's maintained campgrounds such as Rio Grande Village, the Basin and Cottonwood.

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No New Posts Backcountry Camping

Questions and Answers about the backcountry campsites are posted here. Interested in backpacking to the South Rim? What about taking the Jeep down to Mariscal? Your backcountry camping guide is here.

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No New Posts Zone Camping

Wanna really 'get away from it all?' Find out how, what and where here.

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No New Posts The Backroads

From Black Gap to Old Maverick, this is the place to post your Question or Answer about Big Bend's extensive network of backroads.

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No New Posts General Questions and Answers

If the preceding categories don't pertain to your question, then post it here. If you have a general comment about the park, post it here.

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The Big Bend Review

No New Posts Big Bend Book Reviews

Read a good (or bad) book about the Big Bend lately? Post your review here.

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No New Posts Lodging Reviews

Put your review of the hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, etc. here. Find out about the accommodations, service, cleanliness, etc. of places to stay throughout the Big Bend region.

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No New Posts Big Bend Tour Reviews

How did a specific river tour, hiking tour, etc. do for you? Which outfitter accommodated you? Was it good/bad/indifferent? Would you did it again?

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No New Posts Backcountry Campsites

Descriptions and discussions about individual backcountry camp sites.

Big Bend or Bust!

No New Posts Your Trip Reports

Experience Big Bend through someone else's eyes. Post your own trip reports, read others, get some ideas about your future trip here.

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No New Posts Suggested Itineraries

Straight from real "Benders" themselves, get good advice from those who have "been there done that."

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No New Posts The West Texas Fandango (aka Road Trip)

What's the best way to get there from San Antonio? Austin? Dallas? New Mexico? Sites along the way? Get the best route for your road trip to the Bend and check out some of the sites along the way!

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No New Posts True Tales from the Bend

Do you have a short tale to tell? Post your interesting, original short story about trips past to the Big Bend here. Please note, this is not for your trip reports!

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el Estado de Coahuila de Mexico

No New Posts Serranias del Burro, Del Carmens, El Carmen

Many sights await you from our Amigos across the Rio.

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Other Parks of the Big Bend Region

No New Posts GUMO General Discussion

General Q & A regarding Texas' second best National Park ;) Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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No New Posts Big Bend Ranch State Park Q&A

Talk about anything relating to Big Bend Ranch State Park....

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No New Posts Black Gap Wildlife Mgt. Area

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the little known park to the East.

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No New Posts Other Area Parks

Balmorea, Fort Davis and many other parks in the Big Bend Region offer a diverse opportunity for recreation.

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Big Bend Community

No New Posts The Alpine Board

Anything pertaining to Alpine goes here.

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No New Posts The Marfa Board

Anything about Marfa Goes here.

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No New Posts The Marathon Board

Everything you want to say and see in Marathon, put it here.

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No New Posts The Terlingua/Study Butte Board

Yep, you guested, it. Terlingua and Study Butte stuff goes here. Lajitas, too.

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No New Posts The Fort Davis Board

Everything about Fort Davis goes here.

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No New Posts The Presidio Board

Ok, this is where you put important information about Presidio.

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No New Posts All the Other Towns....

Any towns/areas in the Big Bend region which aren't listed above.

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No New Posts Big Bend Area Links

Post any reference links on the net that have to do with Big Bend National Park, Big Bend State Park, or anything in the entire Region of Big Bend.

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No New Posts What's Happening

What's going on in the Big Bend Region? Find out here. Post anything you want here regarding the Big Bend Area (Terlingua, Study Butte, Lajitas, Marathon, Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, etc.) Local Announcements, decrees, event notices, whatever...

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No New Posts Places of Interest Surrounding the Park

Found a bar you like? What about a motel to stay in in Fort Davis, Fort Stockton? Post your suggestion or question here!

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Big Bend in the News

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News coming from within the park (or other national parks, if it's relevant). Discuss, rant and rave about it here.

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No New Posts Regional News

Other news from around the Big Bend Region. Weird, fun, interesting news can be read and posted here.

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No New Posts Big Bend on the Web

Post any interesting websites about Big Bend here (e.g. trip reports and photo albums from non-members, etc.).

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Random Bits from the Outside World

No New Posts Non-BIBE Trip Reports

Post any trip reports and pictures from places other than the Big Bend region (Central Texas Hill Country has its own forum).

No New Posts Hill Country

Information, reports, and discussion about parks and activities in the Hill Country region of Central Texas.

No New Posts General Outdoor Stuff & Camping Equipment

Found some new cool camping gadget? What about your second most favorite spot on the earth? Share and tell here.

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No New Posts Photography Gear and Tips

Post your questions/answers related to photography gear and tips here.

No New Posts GPS Gear and Tips

Post your questions/answers related to GPS/Mapping gear and tips here.

No New Posts 4x4

Information about 4x4 vehicles and other off-road activities.

The Big Bend Chat Archives

No New Posts Big Bend National Park Q&A

Old Q & A forum is now locked. You may browse through the archives of this forum, but you can no longer post to it. If you find something you feel belongs on the new Q&A forum, contact the Moderator or Admisitrator to request it be moved.

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No New Posts Off Topic....

The old Off Topic forum is now locked. You can browse through this forum if you'd like, but you can no longer post to it.

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