An expansive view from one of Big Bend National Park's many tread-worthy hiking trails. Hmm. Wonder how and where Trump's wall would fit in here? Big Bend borders Mexico.
In the 1970s I knew nothing, about the park, took one short, steep, HOT walk and was on my way. I had no idea what I was missing!
This involves getting up early and maybe waiting in line, as we've endured at national parks elsewhere. We were up before 7 a.m. at Marfa, (see post) where we'd spent the previous night (don't laugh, that's early for us) and then on to Marathon, the small town closest to the park's Panther Junction headquarters 69 miles south.
At Panther Junction we learned that all the coveted backcountry sites were booked out for four days They may not have worked for us anyway as they're all on gravel roads, many requiring 4WD, which we lack. They were booked four days out.
|The road into the Chisos Basin provides a campground overview and a look at the Window, that deep V between mountains. The Window is a popular hiking destination, and we found out why.|
The Window at sunset viewed with a telephoto lens close to our camp.The trail leads to the point of the V.
Here's PK at The Window's V. The drop-off is a pour
over for flash floods and is scary high. The path
has been polished slick by hiking boots. We did not
go any closer fearing death or inconvenience from
The trail leading to The Window is equipped with carefully carved or constructed
stairs. PK, in his trendy khaki outfit, is camouflaged.
Wildflowers, including numerous cacti varieties, were around every bend in the trail and along roadsides at all park elevations.
|Claret cup cactus.|
|Prickly pear cacti were flagrant show-offs.|
|A century plant, which actually lives about 30 years, blooms once and dies.|
We were fortunate to see this grand specimen.
|Ocotillos made art all over the areas we explored.|
This jay appears to be giving us the stink eye. Dozens of jays and other birds and butterflies delighted us en route to The Window. The park attracts around 450 bird species throughout the year.
|One of hundreds of unidentified butterflies along The Window trail.|
The bottom line about Big Bend National Park is that
it's well worth your time and energy to explore. We stayed but three nights, having reservations and obligations down the road, but I understand how many other visitors tromp the trails and ride the roads for a week or more.
Big Bend National Park has a comprehensive website.