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Old 01-04-2006, 08:45 PM   #15
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Alistair,

Cottonwood is completely no-generator zoned and only has pit toilets. I've never seen it with more than 5 campers/tenters in it any time we've visited. It is very close to the Rio Grande River surrounded by trees and tall grasses. You will probably have to get away from the river to get some open viewing areas but they aren't far away. If you forget a few supplies the Castalon store is just up the road. On the west side of the park is Maverick Road which is about 14 miles of gravel. About midway is a mud home with a roof of Ocotillo called Luna's Jackal. It's hard to believe a large family lived in it. And Maverick Road is one of the best places to view sunset! Have a great visit.


Al and Cindy, sorry we missed meeting you at BB. Hope you had a good visit. We left on the 27th to meet some friends in New Braunfels and came home on the 30th. I wasn't ready but hubby had reached his limit! Maybe we'll get to meet you somewhere in the southeast.

I must say I've had a hard time adjusting going back to work. After spending so much time in the wide open spaces of west Texas I'm feeling claustrophic in my windowless office!

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Old 01-05-2006, 12:57 AM   #16
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William, February should be a great time to visit. Much too hot in the summer months to get out and walk the trails and that's what you need to do to really appreciate this Park. Al & Cindy
John: (Al & Cindy???) Thanks for your comments regarding Big Bend NP. I'm retired and NOT on any schedule. When I hit the road it's anyplace from 2 or 3 weeks to 2 or 3 months, all depends on where I end up and what I feel like doing. I don't make hard and fixed plans or routes of any kind and I NEVER make reservations,, so I'll get to Big Bend when I get there and I'll pay close attention to what you commented on. I certainly appreciate all the comments everyone posted....makes me feel like I might WANT to go there!!!!!!!

I take back that comment about NEVER making reservations.....I had to reserve a back country camping permit for the bottom of the Grand Canyon when I camped down there, so obviously I'm not as free as A figured....

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Old 01-05-2006, 09:36 PM   #17
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Alistair - Glad the info was of some value. As Nita said, Cottonwood is totally generator free and we'll probably spend some time there on our next visit. I took a couple of credible photos of a wild turkey drinking from a spigot on our ride through this campground. Having grown up in an area which, even today, has a fair number of outhouses, pit toilets are certainly not a concern for us. FWIW, both Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds have 'No generator' sections with sites remote enough to exclude most noise pollution.

Nita - Wish we'd had a chance to meet up as well. If you do get anywhere near NC, be sure to let us know.

Russell - John Allen is a combination of my first and middle names (I go by Al but have been married long enough to answer to most anything spoken in loud tones). This board doesn't allow 'internet handles' and, when I signed up, I honestly didn't expect to hang around much so I just used the first thing that came to mind. If I could figure out how to change it, I'd probably switch over to 'Al & Cindy K.' As far as the retirement thing goes, I'm envious of all you folks who no longer have to be concerned with a calendar. If you should get to the east coast on one of your trips and want any suggestions for NC, give us a holler.

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Old 01-05-2006, 11:08 PM   #18
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If you should get to the east coast on one of your trips and want any suggestions for NC, give us a holler.
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Al: I lived in Fayettville (Ft. Bragg) for about a year and a half in 1969 and 1970. I expect I'll get back there again one of these days and get around a little more than I did then.

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Old 01-06-2006, 12:38 PM   #19
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Al &Cindy...Apparently only group campers can reserve a site at Cottonwood, so we,ve booked three nights in Chisos- where I see you have just stayed. When I got the confirmation printout (FIVE pages!!!) I see that the road is a 15% grade and we are warned that the sites are mostly too small for TTs. Sooooo...how was the road? Paved? navigable with a Toyota minivan and 13 footer? Should I rethink? (Iguess if you made it with a 16 footer I should be OK) Just advance booking jitters, I guess.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:19 PM   #20
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Alistair, you'll be fine. The road is fairly steep and has three or four hairpin turns but it is paved and nothing to be concerned with. We met a 30' plus fifth wheeler pulled by a dually on our way in. They had someone scouting the turns to warn/stop oncoming traffic but apparently got down without incident.

As usual, the ReserveAmerica campground map and site desciptions were somewhat out of touch with reality. When we first arrived, I was a bit concerned because all the sites appeared to be in a central rocky clearing with minimal privacy. However, our site (#42) was fine. After setting up, we walked around and found a number of sites along the perimeter that were quite acceptable.

I suspect you'll be able to change if your site doesn't measure up. The campground host who met as as we drove in indicated she'd be happy to help us find a better spot if we weren't satisfied. Also, even though the sign on the way in indicated the campground was full, there were actually several sites available each day we were there.

You folks enjoy yourselves and please post back with your experiences in Big Bend. If you can think of anything we can help with, feel free to ask.


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Thanks Al and Cindy. I figured the Reserve America stuff was a bit overdone...but it's good to get the straight goods from someone who's been there. If I can tow around the hairpins of the mountains of West Virginia, I oughta be OK in Big Bend :^)
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Actually, the road into the Chisos Basin isn't the real problem (camp hosts are in big 5Ws and tour busses go to hotel); the tight quarters are INSIDE the campground. I highly advise parking out front and walking in first to look it over. Sometimes it's tight turns around boulders and sometimes it's the spur road with no turnaround and to get out you have to back around an uphill curve

Keep in mind that the CG was really built for tent campers. BTW, if its raining, I try to pick on of the sites that get slightly flooded so the tenters can have the dry sites.
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