Pictures of Big Bend National Park

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series American National Parks

After I got back to the car we headed towards Panther Junction and then we drive the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

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Our next stop was Sotol Vista along the Ross Maxwell drive. Of course there was lots of great scenery, but what we found interesting was the backpackers.  There was a group of three hikers who arrived at the rest stop along the road while we were there. It seems they had been out for a week and this was where there we getting picked up. I think they were disappointed we weren’t their ride.

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Beautiful colors in the rocks

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Quite a variety of geology along this road.

When we got down to the river you couldn’t help but notice that the terrain on the Mexican side of the river was getting much more rugged. After driving along the river a bit we came to the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook and trailhead. By this point the Mexican side of the river was pretty much shear cliffs.

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I took a short walk down to the river again. There were actually a few more people at this trail than what we had seen elsewhere in the park.

We took the Old Mavericks Road north to the west entrance to the park. This was a dirt road. Not too bad to drive on, but you may want to know about it before you head out on this route.

We stayed overnight in Lajitas at the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa. We did a whole post on this place. Follow this link for the post.

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Flag outside our resort

Rio Grande River by Lajitas.

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There is a bend in the river. That is Lajitas in the distance.
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View of the Rio Grande from Lajitas, TX.

The next morning we headed west along the river which is part of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. This was a really beautiful drive too. If you have the time we would recommend this road.

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Road along the Big Bend Ranch State Park
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This would be a beautiful road on motorcycles.

That’s about it for our photo tour of Big Bend National Park. Want to know more? Follow the links we have in this post.

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Captain Dans Tips:

captain dan travel tipsThis is a remote park. Plan accordingly. The weather can get very hot. Bring water with you if you can. Bring snacks for yourself and kids.

Do not pick up hitchhikers. Do not buy trinkets along the roads in the park. The park service may confiscate them.

This is a very large area to cover. Plan two full days without much stopping time.

As with other National Parks, check ahead for advisories. Like road construction. This park gives you a couple of ways to get there.



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