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Hello, thanks to everyone for the wonderful insight! Visiting next week with my wife and kids. My wife and I have hiked many times, but never in BB. This will be the first time hiking for my kids, ages 8 and 11. We've tried to start early with getting them interested, got scat charts, whistles, maps, and invited them to help us plan out things. Got them small backpacks as well. Wondering how to make the most of our trip, and would appreciate any suggestions. Here's what I have so far:Friday, 3/9: Drive from Houston to Chisos Mountain Lodge, arrive in the evening. Dinner and then sleep.Saturday, 3/10: 7:30 am ish, breakfast at Chisos8:30 am ish, Lost Mine Trail (not sure if we'll do the whole thing)11:30 am, pack and check out of hotelnoon: Drive RMSD3 pm: Hike Santa Elena Canyon4:30 pm: Head to Lajitas and check in to hotel, dinner at LajitasSunday:8 am: Canoe reservations with Far Flungnoonish: LunchAfternoon: My wife is a big birder, wondering it there is a particular place to go for best bird watchingMonday: Drive to Marfa, check into hotel; have tickets to the observatory in the afternoon and star party in the evening. Thanks!
Friday, 3/9: Drive from Houston to Chisos Mountain Lodge, arrive in the evening. Dinner and then sleep.Saturday, 3/10: 7:30 am ish, breakfast at Chisos8:30 am ish, Lost Mine Trail (not sure if we'll do the whole thing)
Cottonwood Campground, near Santa Elena, is a good birding spot. I always see Vermillion Flycatchers and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers there. Its closed right now but I don't know if that means you can't walk in and look around. Also, the cooling pond near the trading post in Lajitas is supposed to be good but I've never checked it out. Lost Mine trail usually has some birds too - Mexican Jays, Black tufted Titmice. Around the parking lot and the paved Window loop walk in the basin also are good spots - Sayes Phoebe, Canyon Towhee, Cactus Wrens.
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