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Old 12-02-2014, 08:00 PM   #15
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We were there last April http://wanderingourway.wordpress.com...national-park/ is our blog post about it.

Wonderful place! Who knew they had mountains in Texas?

The road to Chisos is paved and curvy but not that bad, a big semi could make it easily.

The campground, though, is very tight and twisty. Our 17' Snoozy was plenty to maneuver through there.

If you are coming south from I10 Fort Davis SP is right on your way and pretty nice too.


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Old 12-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #16
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Here's our posting from last year:

Cool Stuff for the Cool Camper: A Trip to Big Bend National Park


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Thanks Brian, I just realized we met you at Bluebonnett this year, we got some "half the size, twice the fun" T-shirts.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:26 PM   #17
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Awesome! Hope our paths cross out at Big Bend.


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Old 12-03-2014, 12:07 AM   #18
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Chisos looked interesting when were there, but one has to remember it's about 1000 ft above Rio Grand Village. In warmer months it can be cooler at Chisos and nice. Colder, well the warmer Rio Grand Village is nice.
One problem with Chisos one of the times were there, it snowed at Panther Junction and above. The road to Chisos was closed and campers couldn't get in or out. The only services for food and propane are where you couldn't get to them. At Rio Grand Village the store for gas, food, laundry, showers, and propane is close at hand.
Something to think about.
Also there's an interesting walk along the river and up over a low peak.

Not going to make it back this year, but Anne says we are next year.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:24 AM   #19
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As Brian noted, you won't have any problems getting to the Basin campground with your Scamp. We've made the trip multiple times in both a 16 and our current 19. Site 047 is our favorite. Three different views of it.




Big Bend is our favorite NP but be aware that Christmas / New Years and Spring Break (mid March) are the two busiest times so be sure to get reservations. Because the Park is so large, we always spend several days there and often camp in all three campgrounds to minimize the driving and they each offer a different camping experience.

If you want any suggestions for trails or backroad drives, let me know. I'd also suggest a visit to the ghost town of Terlingua which is just outside the Park on the west end and a meal there at the Starlight Theater.

Edit - Missed Byron's post. He's right about snow in the Basin and the road closing. We've been there a few times when that happened - once while we were on an overnight hike on the South Rim (that got me a lot of points with Cindy!!). But the high desert is awesome with the white stuff on the ground; be sure to take the Lost Mine Trail if you do get snow. Also, there is a restaurant and a convenience store in the Basin so you won't starve if you can't get out.

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Old 12-03-2014, 12:09 PM   #20
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Thanks for good info. I am hearing from more and more people how beautiful Big Bend is. I's been on our list for a while now. (Nice TV and TT combination - like ours, just different color Tacoma.)
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #21
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Actually on a newer Tacoma now - Pyrite they say but it looks green to me. They do make great tow vehicles for an egg.

Big Bend is one of those places that either you never care to visit again or you'll return to as often as possible. We're hoping to make our next trip in the Spring, come on along.
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Funny - that's the color of our 2013. They call it Pyrite Mica, I call it "fool's gold" mica, or just green! The picture is on the Tadoussac ferry in Quebec.

Our early spring trip is already planned and a reservation made at the Fort Pickens (Pensacola, FL) campground. Another time.
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:52 PM   #23
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We will be in Big Bend around Christmas. Plan to stay in the Village lot. Stop by if you see a Bigfoot 5th wheel.

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We plan to make it to RG Village about March 3-4 with our EggCamper. Hope to see some other FGRVer's!
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We made it to Big Bend. A winter storm before we got there caused some slick roads and we heard an 18 wheeler North of the park knocked down a power pole, and the weight of ice toppled several more due to the domino effect. The entire park was without power when we arrived although the Panther junction visitors center had backup power.
Another smaller winter storm came in earlier than predicted, so just as we checked with a ranger on the east side by the RV village, he got a call that the Chisos Basin visitors center was closing due to road conditions. We had to hightail it back to Chisos because that's where our camper was parked.
Still had a great time, even though they closed the Chisos basin road about 18 hours while we were there. Beautiful scenery even with the freezing rain.
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Nice photos - thanks for posting them. Did the weather allow you to get out and see much of the Park?

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Yes, The freezing rain only cost us one day of hiking/sightseeing out of our 5 nights there. Good thing we have books! Some of the many tenters paid for a night in the lodge that night. Our propane heaters got some good use that week (we have the built in heater plus a Little Buddy that we can use to conserve battery power).
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Old 01-19-2015, 11:24 AM   #28
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I have been to Big Bend only once but stayed in the Lodge rock cabins on that venture. My wife and I hope to visit in March with our newly acquired Oliver. So for you folks who have navigated the curvy road into Chiso Basin will the Oliver Legacy Elite II towed with an F150 long bed (total length 45.5 ft) make it through the gauntlet and then be able to negotiate the smaller campsites that exist there? We're used to bad weather being from MT so that doesn't scare us to much, but we don't want to cause a major road snafu either. I remember some very tight turns on the decent into the lodge and campground area.

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