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Old 03-22-2016, 02:00 PM   #11
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If you go to Big Bend in May be aware that many of the park visitor centers and attractions will be closed for the summer. The extreme heat makes it almost impossible for them to keep the park entirely open. Make sure you visit the park web site to find the closing dates for the current year. We spent a week there last year right at the end of the season and really enjoyed it, but it was HOT in April. and at the end of stay things were closing. There is only 1 campground within the park that has hookups that you will fit into. The other campground does not have hook ups, and you can use your generator only during certain hours. If you camp outside the park, you will have an 18 mile one-way trip each day to get into the park. This is a fantastic park, make sure you take as many driving and walking trails that you can.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #12
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Especially pay attention to the high temps statement. It's beautiful out there but it's still Texas. Mid-May there can easily be triple digits. Wild and isolated, too. Last time we were there they warned you to be careful as the nearest hospital was three hours by helicopter for them to get there and back. As I recall, they also tell you to estimate two gallons of water consumption per day per adult for hydration only. Have fun but be careful. Highly recommend the horseback rides!
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:10 PM   #14
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Big Bend is hot in the summer; however, Arches NP is hotter.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:07 PM   #15
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Weve been there, good advice so far , I stayed in the park, but couldnt find it on the website. It is a vast place a must see. we took 2 guided tours . Have a good trip
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:17 PM   #16
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We took a car trip there in February 3 years ago. We loved our stay there especially a couple of long hikes. The temperature ranged from perfect to pretty hot even in February. We stayed in the Big Bend Resort hotel left something to be desired but we saw the RV Park behind it which looked entirely adequate.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:34 PM   #17
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We are here right now. So far Big Bend Resort is o.k. I am just not a park person, plus I need to take my computer up and haggle over the price. My confirmation said $25. and the dude at the counter got a little snippy with me. Did not want to have to find someplace else as Rio Grande Village was full our favorite Cottonwood, well we are not ready yet for boondocking. If you are a bird lover then Cottonwood is your place. Saw a Great Horned Owl today and a mating pair of Gray Hawks should be arriving any day. You are probably to big for the primitive campsites. In cruising around we went up to Terlingua Ranch Resort/RV. Off the beaten path and sits back into the mountains. Next time we return it will be Cottonwood for sure. I did my shopping at home for the whole week we will be here. Husband does not like trying to find a grocery store he can pull into and Wally world is not our choice for fresh food and meats.
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P.S. No generators allowed in Cottonwood.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:29 PM   #19
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We stayed at Rio Grande Village inside the park. They have fiull hookups,laundry and also gas and diesel. It is 78 miles from Marathon so watch your fuel. We were in a 32 ft fifth wheel
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:53 PM   #20
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Does one need to be concerned about illegal immigrants crossing the river into the park and campgrounds? We were there many years ago at Christmas time and took a little boat over to the village on the Mexican side, but if the river had been low we could have walked across. I think I would have a side-arm with me these days.
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