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Old 12-07-2005, 12:43 PM   #1
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My husband and I along with our dog Meka will be heading to Big Bend National Park on December 19th. We will be taking our 94 Scamp 5th wheel on its first big trip. Are there any other fiberglass campers planning to be there around Christmas?

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:52 PM   #2
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Where will you be staying. We will be near Study Butte from Dec 26 till ?
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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We plan to stay in the Rio Grande Village campground. Still debating on the parking lot with hookups or the regular campground area. We'll probably stay until the 27th or 28th and then start heading home with some stops along the way.

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Old 12-08-2005, 07:54 AM   #4
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Nita, I responded to your post on Yahoo / Scampers but thought I'd jump in here as well. It looks like we'll be getting to Big Bend just after you folks leave. We'll be in Palo Duro State Park on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Christmas and then plan to drive down to Big Bend on Thursday. We'll keep an eye out for you just in case you stick around a bit longer.

Nick, any plans to get over to Big Bend during your stay? We'll be at the Rio Grande Village for Thursday night and then move to the Basin for Friday through Monday. We spent a few days here in 78 and always wanted to get back. Our plans are to drive the back country roads and explore some of the more remote areas. Let us know if/when you'll be in the Park and maybe we can get together.

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Old 12-09-2005, 05:20 PM   #5
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Be sure to check the road conditions at the park headquarters at Panther Junction. There is a set of small orange paper back pamphlets that you can buy at headquarters that will give you a pretty good idea of whats there to see.

Generally the river road is OK with a high clearance vehicle. Glenn Springs road too. Both sometimes rough. Mavrick Road on the west side of the park is dirt too and sometimes rough.

See Hot Springs. Boquillas Canyon. Santa Elena Canyon. Castolon. Try some of the trails in The Basin, Lost Mine Trail, Windows Trail.

Have fun. Weather can be anything. T shirts and shorts to winter clothes. We take hiking boots too.

Al; We will try to drop by the basin one day.

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Old 12-10-2005, 12:29 PM   #6
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Nick is correct that there is much to do and see at Big Bend. We always love to introduce our friends to the park. Most of them don't comprehend how beautiful and full of life the area is until they experience it. We've been going since 1980 and still haven't seen everything!

It's been a long year with loss of a family member and dealing with the after effects of 2 major hurricanes in Louisiana. We're in much need of a Big Bend fix!

Hope to see ya'll there.

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Old 12-27-2005, 09:28 AM   #7
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Hi there,

we're in San Marcos, TX now. heading for Big Bend around February 9th. Any others (or have you extended your Christmas stay??


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Old 12-31-2005, 10:23 PM   #8
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All this talk about Big Bend National Park, Texas has made me very curious about the park, particularly in February. I'll be leaving Michigan on the 9th or 10th of January and I'll be heading to Key West, Florida. My INTENTION is to stay there a week or two and then meander along the gulf coast on the way to ????????? Maybe I'll head for Big Bend. Can anyone give me an idea of the weather conditions there in February and where should I try and camp. I can get along with or without facilities, but usually try and stay at the out of the way places.....unless I'm in a place like Key West.. Only reason I'm heading there is to get out of the winter clothing for a while and do a little kayaking....Any useful information would be greatly appreciasted.

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Old 01-02-2006, 04:19 AM   #9
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The neat thing about Big Bend NP is that there are so many camping choices -- There's the Basin CG up in the mountains (may be kinda chilly) and the lower CGs by the river, plus a number of onesie-twosies for boondocking (have to register, 'tho).

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Old 01-02-2006, 10:37 AM   #10
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Pete...Thanks for the prompt reply to my query re. Big Bend NP..I'll check that web site as soon as I click "add reply" russell
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I camped by the river. If I had a better tow vehicle, I would have boon-docked and saved my money. The last day I used a coin operated shower in the store down by the river. I'm not sure where they might have other showers and toilets. I'm sure it will be a bit chilly in Feb up at the Basin as Pete said. But it's not the upper Midwest, so it ain't that bad.

I dont remember what it cost but it was to much for nothing but a place to park.
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Old 01-02-2006, 07:07 PM   #12
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On the web site in my post above, the campgrounds are cleverly hidden under "Plan your visit".

The Rio Grande campgrounds are two; one is commercial and has full hookups, the other is more standard NP. The standard one is really in two parts; one allows generators but is pretty open in hot weather and the other has lots of shaded sites but gens not allowed. Javelina, coyotes and roadrunners abound in the campground.

The Rio Grande village has the only showers and the only laundromat inside the Park, plus a small store and fuel.

A visit to the hot springs is a must, but don't try to take a trailer, pickup camper or even a dually pickup into that road -- At one point, there are two lanes separated by a gully and a very sharp corner with an overhanging rock sticking out at pickup camper height.

Big Bend is really three parks rolled up into one -- There's the river part, including canoe, kayak and raft trips (commercial or DIY), the desert part and the mountains part (the Chisos range is totally within the park boundaries).

Times to avoid Big Bend are Thanksgiving and Spring Break because that's when the place seems to get flooded by Texans on holiday
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:50 PM   #13
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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. We couldn't have asked for better weather this past week. High seventies to low eighties during the day with upper forties each night. Not too hot for hiking and we only needed the furnace the first thing each morning to take the chill off. We stayed one night at Rio Grande Village and three in the Chisos Basin. The nights were actually much warmer at the Basin campground. Check http://www.nps.gov/bibe/dailyreport/ for more details.

If you really want to be alone, there are thirtyfive or so remote sites scattered across the Park on the dirt roads. Check with the rangers for road conditions but we found at least at half dozen or so that we could have gotten the Scamp into. We even met a Wrangler towing a tear drop camper along one of the roughest roads we drove on.

The three NPS campgrounds are in different environments and, schedule permitting, I'd suggest spending a couple of nights at each to get a better feel for the Park. We made the mistake of setting up in the generator section at RGV and I didn't notice the 8K industrial genset the folks across from us had until they fired it up. What a racket! Besides, the sites are much more private in the 'no generator' section.

I wouldn't recommend the RV park unless you really want/need hookups. It looked like a parking lot with big motor homes and fifth wheels all lined up in a couple of rows.

As one of the rangers told us, 'Big Bend is a place some folks tire of in a few hours while others never want to leave and there doesn't seem to be any middle ground between these extremes.' Its sure worth a visit to determine which of these categories you fit in.

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Old 01-04-2006, 06:06 PM   #14
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John, good info! We're heading to the Bend at the end of Feb as we wend our way to SoCal.Can you tell me if Cottonwood is a generator- free zone? Thought we'd try it but might give it a pass if it's wall to wall generators. I'll stick to solar!.
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