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Two days isn't much time to cover the park, but here's a few suggestions.1. Overnight the South Rim. Into the high country of the Chisos Mountains, this is the park's signature hike. 13-17 miles (or more), depending on side trails. Or you can day hike it, but it'll be somewhat rushed.2. Several shorter hikes. Lost Mine Peak Trail in the mountains; half day. Chimneys Trail, a good introduction to desert hiking, also a half day. Alternatives: Mountains - Window Trail, or Pinnacles Trail to Emory Peak, the park's highest point. Pinnalces Trail is part of the loop trail to the South rim. Desert: Dog Canyon/ Devil's Den, not healvily utilized, rock cairns only; Mule Ears, a developed trail. Lots of others to chose from.3. Drive the paved roads. Most folks do this on their first visit to get a feel for the place. It takes longer than you might think, it's a big place. See Boquillas Canyon on the east, Santa Elena on the west, lots of view points to see. Make a point of seeing the sun set from Sotol Vista.4. Drive the back roads. Check with the Rangers for road conditions when you get there, but the only road that is usually a problem is Black Gap. My personal favorite is Old Ore Road; lots of backcountry car camping sites on the back roads.5. If you don't already have a place reserved, you may have to zone camp, which means find an approved area and pitch your tent; no tent pad or other facilities. Check with the Rangers; you'll need a permit. Or, if you insist on a room, you may wind up in Alpine; the park is going to be crowded. This isn't a disaster as Alpine leads you to Fort Davis, McDonald Observatory, Davis Mountains State Park, etc.. Also a very nice trip
Thanks guys!The weather looks to be damp/chilly, but I'm fine with that. I think I'm going to backpack the rim as advised for one night, and look to 4x4 out back for another night. I'll be sure to bring everything I need, especially a good attitude! I can't wait!Thanks again.-j
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