Despite being as big as Yosemite, Big Bend is not nearly as well known. That’s fine with me. So please don’t tell anyone about it. I had no trouble keeping busy for two weeks, and I’d like to go back some day to continue where I left off. I’ll describe the trip geographically.
With Rio Grande Village as my base, I hiked the trails, hills and washes and canoed the river through Boquillas Canyon (and actually ended outside the park).
No trip to Big Bend National Park is complete without a visit to … Mexico? Yes, you can easily take a boat across the Rio Grande and visit the village of Boquillas del Carmen.
A local merchant (pink shirt) sells souvenirs to a tourist couple while their guide looks on.
Rio Grande by Canoe
Views of rivers can be great, but to really experience a river, you’ve got to get out on the water. So I also paddled Boquillas Canyon, which is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (which makes it special).
On my trips, I really try to keep my driving to a minimum, but in many places the scenic drive is a “must do.” Such is the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Fortunately, it has plenty of short side hikes, and I was able to do a few of them. But still, there is much that I could not include on this page; you’ll have to go there yourself. And when you do, take plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.
Far West: Mesa de Anguila
The park service has a brochure dedicated to this place. In it are many special warnings. So of course, that made it attractive to me. Upon reading the warnings, most didn’t apply to me since I wasn’t so foolish as to go there in the summer. The rest of the were things I could cope with. The reward was an untamed land and near solitude.