We spent two and a half days in Big Bend Nat. Park. That is the minimum I believe anyone would want to spend there to get a good feel for the park. It is vast with a 30 mile drive between most of the major sites. The Santa Elina Canyon , the Chisos Basin, Rio Grande Village, are the main sites. Each is in a distinct different part of the park with a good drive between that is worth while. We did the hike on Grapevine trail which is nice with an interesting view of a large balancing rock.
Also, did the short hikes to Santa Elena Canyon and to the Boquivilla Canyon with the singing Mexican on the other side of he river, as well as the short hike to the Hot Springs. All of these are worth the time.
We stayed at the Chisos mountain lodge. It is well located in the center of the park. We stayed in the Emory Peak group of rooms. They are pretty dated with the walls projecting every sound from adjoining rooms and the bathrooms not very user friendly. The beds were OK, and the location was nice
We also did the Chisos loop trail which was a good intro for the basin area
It is a long drive down there but a good place to get away from winter weather in the north
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