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Old 03-21-2016, 12:16 PM   #1
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Big Bend National Park in May

Hi everybody, we are planning a trip to Big Bend national Park at the end of April or beginning of May for about two weeks. We will be traveling from Michigan to Austin Texas and then onward to Big Bend in our 32 foot Sabre fifth wheel. We were wondering if any of you kind folks out there had suggestions as to which of the three public campgrounds we might consider at that time of year, or perhaps other private campgrounds in the area and whether or not we should make reservations.We will be Boondocking or perhaps someplace with limited hook ups but are prepared for each eventuality. Any help , suggestions, ideas, or must see sights would be very welcome. Thank you so much for your time.


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I go to Terlingua every year for the World Chili Championship. That is right outside of Big Bend. There is a FHU campground behind the Big Bend Resort hotel. Seems really nice although I have never camped there.
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:11 PM   #3
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Another" Bend "National Park is in Al., Horseshoe Bend National Park! Youroo!!
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thanks Teamfour ... I'm researching Terlingua. What is FHA? 😰
YouRoo... Yes, but is the bend BIG in Al? Can my fiver make it around the curve? 😜


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Jim I think you are asking about "FHU" = Full Hook Up! Yes the Horseshoe Bend NP is easy to Navigate,our "Rig" Tows "Longer than a "5er"! Youroo!!
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WE like this better at the ranch every thing in Museum is just like she left it Look up Stillwell Ranch and campground

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Marathon Hotel and RV park

Very nice people, and a nice place. Has Full Hook UPs, and a Landry and Showers. Also has Wi Fi.
Marathon is on the road to Big Bend, so you can excursion from there to the park. There is a no hookup parking lot you can camp at in the park itself. Didn't look fun to me.
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There is only one CG in the park w/FHU. That is Rio Grande Village. Won't hurt to make reservations. There is one in the Chisos Basin but you can't take your rig up there. Impossible road for your size. There is Cottonwood CG near Santa Elena Canyon which has water available, not at site. There are other CGs but they are listed as primitive and with your size rig, forget it. I lived in Alpine for four years so am familiar with the area. You might want to stay in Alpine for several days. LaVista CG about six miles south of town is isolated, but in town is Lost Alaskan which is very nice. Visit the Museum of the Big Bend while you are there and also go to Fort Davis. Any other questions, let me know.
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We've been several times and prefer VERY early Spring - Mid March - because of the heat, as we prefer to boon dock at the more minimal campgrounds. For the time of the year you are going I would definitely recommend full hookups, power at a minimum. You'll need to shower fairly often, or bring lots of cologne. Be aware that there is at least one campground with a 24' restriction (because of the road getting there). We were a 25' Class C and managed it without a problem but wouldn't want to pull a 32' trailer up there. Don't remember campground names.
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Hi everybody, we are planning a trip to Big Bend national Park at the end of April or beginning of May for about two weeks. We will be traveling from Michigan to Austin Texas and then onward to Big Bend in our 32 foot Sabre fifth wheel. We were wondering if any of you kind folks out there had suggestions as to which of the three public campgrounds we might consider at that time of year, or perhaps other private campgrounds in the area and whether or not we should make reservations.We will be Boondocking or perhaps someplace with limited hook ups but are prepared for each eventuality. Any help , suggestions, ideas, or must see sights would be very welcome. Thank you so much for your time.


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There are only 2 rv parks in Big Bend National Park, make sure you fill up gas and get what you may need at Alpine or Marathon 74-78 miles to store 148 to closest Walmart. There is a rv park in Terlinga but is outside the park they have gas and groceries there be willing to pay higher price. The temperature will be on the rise mid may temperature will really heat up. We spent 2 weeks there and loved it.
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