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Big Bend National Park
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Alpine
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Seattle, United States
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58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

It takes a lot of effort to get to Big Bend NP, but it's well worth the drive. Desert flora, volcanic rock and towering cliffs of limestone color the landscape. We hiked Santa Elena Canyon and wished we'd had time to do other hikes - something to do next time, and we can't wait to go back!

Visited December 2013
Thank Wendy S
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Seattle, Washington
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“Amazing Experience — Beautiful Starwatching”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

As an avid visitor of national parks, the most striking thing about Big Bend is the sheer magnitude. It's still amazing to me that in one of the park's busiest weeks of the year, we had several points in our quick trip where we were completely alone in a space or on a stretch of road. While some spots definitely had more concentrations of people, it never really felt crowded outside of the Thanksgiving buffet dinner line.

We decided to camp during our stay in the Rio Grande Village Campground. We arrived around 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and had no trouble finding an open spot. The facilities were nice—no complaints. Our campsite was perfectly situated with a view of the mountains across the river, and tucked in the corner with trees blocking the sounds/lights of our neighbors. We especially loved the easy walk up to the lookout right by the campground.

One of the most memorable parts of our Big Bend experience was the unbelievable night sky. We took several long exposure photos to capture the Milky Way, but you could lean right outside the tent to see it throughout the night.

One of my concerns as a new camper was the cold. We don't have cold weather sleeping bags, but by doubling up on wool socks, sleeping in knit hats and layering on a couple extra blankets, we were fine, even though it got pretty cold (19°F).

All in all, I highly recommend Big Bend. You could spend weeks there, but even on a short trip, there's plenty to take away!

Visited November 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Spring in Big Bend”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

We went in April hoping to see a profusion of wildflowers. It has been so dry that there was not a profusion, but still there were many lovely flowers in bloom. Big Bend also offers a wide range of interesting and scenic hiking trails. The mountain vistas are spectacular, although apparently they are frequently obscured by pollution from distant cities & industries.
Still worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
Thank kschwerin
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San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We have been to Big Bend many times. You definitely need to plan ahead. It is really better if you stay in the Chisos Basin which we have done several times. This time we stayed in Alpine. If you stay in the basin, you can plan your days to include different drives each day. Both lodging and camping sites are limited so you must plan early if you wish to stay in the park. This year we were to see the ocotillos in bloom -- that was a first for us!! We recommend this trip to our friends. It is just wonderful.

Visited April 2014
Thank RoseSA
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014

It is a long way from anywhere, but well worth the visit. Rugged desert scenery, with several cacti and other plants in flower in March and April. Check out the canyons and the Chisos mountains

Visited March 2014
Thank philhhh
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