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Old 05-09-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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Big Bend National Park - Things to do

We're in Ft Stockton, TX a popular stop prior to Big Bend National Park where we'll be tomorrow. I'm looking at things to do like the best intermediate to easy hikes and perhaps using our Kayak.
Any suggestions are appreciated.

We'll be staying at Maverick Ranch RV Park in Lajitas, TX just outside the park.
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Read this before getting into the Rio Grande:

https://www.nps.gov/rigr/planyourvis...terquality.htm

This site also gives some things 'To Do'. Have fun!
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Thanks. Do you know if there is an outfitter that will allow us to use our own kayak and bring us back to the launch site after we're done?

Also I know there are some spectacular hikes, just want some recommendations.
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Check in with Desert Sports. They will be on your right as you drive into Terlingua on your way to Lajitas. I do believe they can drop you up river in your own kayak. I did a trip years ago and I believe it was like a 4 hour trip. If you want a short paddle, there is a put in just below Santa Elena Canyon. You can then take a leisurely paddle into the canyon. The Lost mine trail is a good hike. It is up near the Chisos Basin area. There are a few others like the window trail. Also further East is the Hot Springs.

The State Park about 1/2 mile from Lajitas has hiking also. You need a pass but you will see the visitors center on the left just before you get to Lajitas. The state park is very quiet. I would mountain bike there everyday last time we were there. When I stopped, my ears would strain to hear a noise. Totally silent. Many time I would ride for 2-3 hours and not see anyone else.

Also, check out the Trelingua Trading Company store. Popular place with the locals to watch the sun set on the Chisos. Hang on the porch and have a beer or two. The Starlight next door is good, also La Kiva is really cool place. Cottonwood General store South of 170 on 118 outside of Terlingua is actually a pretty well stocked grocery store.

The Lajitas resort has great food. After a long hike, their 14.00 cheeseburger is worth every penny. Great place to hang is on their porch.

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Check in with Desert Sports. They will be on your right as you drive into Terlingua on your way to Lajitas. I do believe they can drop you up river in your own kayak. I did a trip years ago and I believe it was like a 4 hour trip. If you want a short paddle, there is a put in just below Santa Elena Canyon. You can then take a leisurely paddle into the canyon. The Lost mine trail is a good hike. It is up near the Chisos Basin area. There are a few others like the window trail. Also further East is the Hot Springs.

The State Park about 1/2 mile from Lajitas has hiking also. You need a pass but you will see the visitors center on the left just before you get to Lajitas. The state park is very quiet. I would mountain bike there everyday last time we were there. When I stopped, my ears would strain to hear a noise. Totally silent. Many time I would ride for 2-3 hours and not see anyone else.

Also, check out the Trelingua Trading Company store. Popular place with the locals to watch the sun set on the Chisos. Hang on the porch and have a beer or two. The Starlight next door is good, also La Kiva is really cool place. Cottonwood General store South of 170 on 118 outside of Terlingua is actually a pretty well stocked grocery store.

The Lajitas resort has great food. After a long hike, their 14.00 cheeseburger is worth every penny. Great place to hang is on their porch.

Love it down there.
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Float Trips: https://www.nps.gov/rigr/planyourvis...outfitters.htm

Hikes: https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/day_hikes.htm

Again.... the national park web sites have all the information you may need.

Off the top of my head we enjoyed hiking in the Chisos, Window View, Lost Mine, Chimneys, Mule Ears, and especially Santa Elena Canyon.
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FOR SURE enjoy the clear sky at night, away from the lights. Will give you a new perspective on “the heavens.”
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Agreed. And it is nice that the RV Park there has a “lights out” policy at night. No outdoor lights allowed after a certain time.
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Big Bend is in a drought now with not enough water in the Rio Grande to raft. So we did the Lost Mine hike in the Chisos Basin. Great hike with some picture worthy views.



After that we drove to Rio Grande village and did the Boquillas crossing to Mexico. Ate at the restaurant with a view of the river. Great toco's but not as good as the Brisket toco's at the Starlight Theater. The Starlight is a hopping place on the weekends. Great margarita's too.



Tomorrow we'll do the Ross Maxwell Drive with a stop at the Santa Elena Canyon.
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Thanks for keeping us updated on what you've done. We'll be there in November so I'm reading everything I can about what to do and see.
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