Big Bend National Park, Texas, May 2009

This was Cindy's first visit to Big Bend National Park, a world of its own in Texas. We found May of 2009 there to be hot but with thunderstorms and some welcome rain.

On the way there: Overnight in Alpine, TX


Museum of the Big Bend


Holland Hotel


Marfa Lights Visitor Center

First Day in the Park: The Basin


On past Study Butte and into the Park at Maverick Junction
(1st stop: Dugout Wells cottonwood oasis)


Up to Chisos Basin and the Chisos Mountain Lodge


Reaching cabin 100 and settling in



Windows Trail hike, complete with storm


Spectacular sunset in the Basin

Second Day in the Park: Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive area


From the road


Mule Ears trail and welcome spring


Native (lizard); Castolon


Old Maverick Road panorama


Sunset view from our cabin

Third Day in the Park: Grapevine Hills and Boquillas Canyon



Grapevine Hills


Boquillas Canyon

Fourth Day: Drive to Terlingua and River Road, Rio Grande Village, Hot Springs


Terlingua color


Barton Warnock Museum and Big Bend Ranch State Park


Rio Grande Village


Hot Springs (we found that the springs were currently under water!)

Fifth Day: Santa Elena Canyon, the Basin, Lost Mine Trail


Santa Elana Canyon (due to rain, it took us 3 tries to get there and we had it to ourselves.)


Bear sighting on the road back to the Basin


A stop at the Basin Visitors Center


Inside the cabin (satellite LCD tv NOT pictured!)



Lost Mine Trail (we thought we heard a panther but it was a guy running down the mountain).

Last Day: Homeward Bound


The lodge, the cabin, the muddy car, the moon


The sign, the scenery, the washed out road to Dagger Flats


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