Trying to get a small break from this relentless winter we packed up and headed south. Flying into El Paso, we made our way to our first destination, Big Bend National Park , and the 22nd park on Heidi’s list. This park sits 4 ½ hours to the south of El Paso and on the Rio Grande River. The river separates the US and Mexico and cuts through canyons making for some great views. It could also give Montana a run as “Big Sky Country”. Clear blue skies provide a horizon to horizon view and the stars certainly are “Big and Bright” in this area of Texas.
Santa Elena Canyon
Most of the towns in the area are abandoned as are the couple of old homesteads within the park. An abandoned hotel and store sit next to the river where hot springs still provide relief for sore knees bubbling up at over 100 degrees. These springs were once touted as a cure-all to most every disease known and attracted many people.
Heidi at the "Spa"
The park hotel was sold out so we stayed in the town of Lajitas. The town won’t be on your GPS and this hotel sells out quickly, but I would give it a recommend and the bar and restaurant made for a great place to unwind after a long day of hiking.
Big Bend kept surprising us with its different features and terrain. From the hot springs, deep canyons, great hikes, and big skies, it kept us going from sun-up to sun-down.
Rio Grande Valley
Lost Mine Trail
Just north of Lajitas we did come across an old movie set, worth the trip. - Contrabando
Church at Contrabando
Although we went during February, and everyone says the "You should see it in the fall!", we enjoyed the hikes and everything that the park had to offer.
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4 out of 5 Stars
Shower could use some help
Confusing to check in- “Where’s the lobby?”
Great bar, service and food
Staff was great