Day 4 and 5 BIG BEND National Park


Amazing! We weren’t quite sure what to expect, where to stay, or which end to approach the huge park from. We definitely made the right choice picking Marathon, Texas for our base camp for our two, which turned into 3 night stay. More about Marathon later

This National Park is over 800,000 acres. We left our base and drove over 300 miles in one day to make a big loop around the park. We could have spent several more days and not seen it all. This would make for a good jeep expedition as there are many off road trails that we wouldn’t want to take in the truck and scattered campgrounds. The main roads follow the Rio Grande.

The main road south from Marathon
Take a quick ride through some of the park. THE Rio Grande! we didn’t expect to get that close, but we drove “The River Road” or FM 170 which parallels the Rio Grande for 120 miles. The road snakes around the river and into some amazing rock canyons and up into the mountains that are just breathtaking. And there was almost no traffic.
The Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande River.

No picture can do this justice. I walked across the river into Mexico. (Sorry Mom). I couldn’t go as far as I wanted because no pets are allowed and David and the dog were back at the truck. I wish I could have waited for better sun angles on the canyon walls and hiked further in. Next time!

And we had to have a little bit of this……

We would love a jeep expedition here. We stuck to the main paved roads except for the trek across the Old Maverick Road which was a washboard dusty rocky road. It was a nice shortcut and no problem for our truck.

The best surprise of the stay was charming little Marathon, Texas. “Where the Big Bend and the dark sky meet”. The Big Bend region offers the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 states. There are several large telescopes available for stargazing. They have star parties almost nightly!

The tiny RV park was basic, but the surrounding grounds with tiny rental cottages, tent area, cantina, Spanish courtyard, and star gazing tools were some of the best we’ve experienced.

Downtown Marathon was just as charming

And then Lotti puked on the passport book and my camera….. the end of an otherwise perfect day. 😕 the little heater in the bathroom should have it dried out in no time and ready for the next National Park or Monument. Up next should be The Alamo!

4 thoughts on “Day 4 and 5 BIG BEND National Park

  1. NICE! We did an expedition there a few years ago and took in both the state and national park. Lots of cool things to see and awesome trails. R U up to leading a trip?


  2. Thank you for sharing the great photo’s. We had reservations in the park last year that we had to cancel. However, if we had made the trip, would would have been in the middle of the great ice storm in Texas…..brrrr even in th Arctic Fox! Now I really want to go there!


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