Backpacking the Chisos Mountains | Big Bend National Park | Austin, TX
Backpacking through Big Bend National Park over Thanksgiving 2019.
Big Bend is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Driving in it gave me a similar impression to Death Vally, but then the Chisos Mountains come into view. The Chisos Mountain Range is totally contained within Big Bend National Park which is very unique. The tallest point (Emory Peak) is at 7,825' above sea level. The mountains provide incredible views out over the ultra-flat plains that surround them. Thanksgiving is supposedly one of the busiest days of the year at Big Bend, but you wouldn't know it. I would compare it to a slow day at Mt. Rainier National Park. Texas is not the first state that comes to mind when you think hiking, but this park is worth the trip.
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Chisos Mountain Loadge - Big Bend National Park
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This is the drive up to Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande in Brewster County, Texas. The lodge is at 5400 feet and both camping and lodge facilities as well as a store and visitors center.
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Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park
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- Chisos Mountains, with the sky clearing by Rachandstu from a blog titled Miles and Miles of Texas!
- Chisos Mountains backdrop by Thymeoff from a blog titled Life in the Desert
- Big Bend's Chisos Mountains by Kellyjohn from a blog titled Big Bend N.P.
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The Window, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, TX
A series of photos taken from a stationary web cam operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from the Basin of Big Bend National Park, Texas showing the varied lighting and moods of this beautiful location.
Mexican Black Bear in Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, West Texas
Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend National Park, Texas. Short time lapse of the Chisos Mountains with snow. Recorded in late December 06.
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Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park Texas 2012
The Chisos Mountains seen from a pullout along the road from Rio Grande Village to Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park.
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Tour of Site 21 - Chisos Basin CG - Big Bend National Park, Texas
Tour of site 21 in the Chisos Basin Campground in Big Bend National Park. Great site with a fair amount of privacy and easy access to the restrooms. The site is large enough for a couple of tents.
Big Bend National Park, Texas - Chisos Mountains Lodge morning
The stillness of this unique high desert National Park in Texas is breathtaking. For more information visit chisosmountainslodge.com
Emory Peak Clip - Chisos Mountains - Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA
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Chisos Mountain Sunset - Big Bend National Park
Time Lapse Sunset from the Chisos Mountain Lodge
Backpacking Big Bend NP, Texas - March 2019
This is a three day backpacking trip in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park, Texas in March 2019. Trails hiked include, Laguna Meadows, Colima, Boot Canyon, South Rim, and Pinnacles. Anyone planning on hiking in the Chisos Mountains should bring an adequate supply of water. Springs and other water sources are unreliable even in the cool months. Also, high temperatures during summer, especially in the desert areas, can be dangerous. A backcountry campsite permit is required and is on a first come first serve basis up to 24 hours in advance. Campsites and rooms at the Chisos Basin trailhead can be hard to come by during holidays, spring break, etc. The next closest town with lodging is 30 miles west in Study Butte/Terlingua, Texas. For more information contact Big Bend National Park. Website: nps.gov/bibe
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Big Bend National Park - Chisos Mountains To Rio Grande Loop Hike Jan 2016 - 85 Miles
In January 2016 I completed a 7 day backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Much of my chosen route was off trail, and quite remote. I did not see a single person until the end of day 4 after hiking over 50 miles. I had a mountain lion in camp night 1, heard lots of coyotes, saw Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) in Mariscal Canyon, and lots of other wildlife along the way.
Here's a quick rundown on the route I hiked:
Day 1 - Started at the Homer Wilson ranch and hiked a canyon east of Goat Mountain to the Mule ears area. Camped near Smoky Spring
Day 2 - Hiked up Jack's Pass down to Dominguez Spring, then down to camp in the open desert south of Dominguez near some badlands
Day 3 - Hiked down to the Rio near Talley, then up to the Mariscal Canyon overlook where I camped for the night
Day 4 - Hiked the spine of the Mariscal Mountain range north to Mariscal Mine, then northwest towards Elephant Tusk. Camped about 2 miles NE of ET trailhead
Day 5 - ET trail north to Adler Spring and then to the Dodson, taking that east to Juniper Canyon
Day 6 - Juniper Canyon trail to Boot Canyon to the South Rim
Day 7 - Northeast Rim trail to Boot Canyon to Pinnacles trail, down to the Chisos Basin
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Eight Sights at Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park: Mountain, Desert, and River are all included at Big Bend, the only national park with a border crossing and the only national park in Texas. This big, out of the way park has so much to offer! Check out some of the top sights in this video.
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Big Bend National Park; HD Videos, Photos and Time-lapses of Big Bend National Park in Texas
Big Bend National Park; HD Videos, Photos and Time-lapses of Big Bend National Park in Texas
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Big Bend National Park in the U.S. state of Texas has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The national park covers 801,163 acres.
Big Bend is one of the largest, most remote, and least-visited national parks in the lower 48 United States. In recent years, only 300,000–350,000 visitors have entered the park annually.
Big Bend's primary attraction is its hiking and backpacking trails. Particularly notable among these are the Chimneys Trail, which visits a rock formation in the desert; the Marufo Vega trail, a loop trail that passes through scenic canyons on the way to and from the Rio Grande; the South Rim trail which circles the high mountains of the Chisos; and the Outer Mountain Loop trail in the Chisos, which incorporates parts of the South Rim loop, descends into the desert along the Dodson Trail, and then returns to the Chisos Basin, completing a 30-mile loop. Other notable locations include Santa Elena Canyon, Grapevine Hills, and the Mule Ears, two imposing rock towers in the middle of the desert. Professional backpacking guide services provide trips in the park.
The park administers 118 miles (190 km) of the Rio Grande for recreational use. Professional river outfitters provide tours of the river. Use of a personal boat is permitted, but a free river float permit is required. In June 2009, the Department of Homeland Security began treating all float trips as trips that had left the country and required participants to have an acceptable form of identification such as a passport to re-enter the country.
Five paved roads are in Big Bend. Persimmon Gap to Panther Junction is a 28-mile (45 km) road from the north entrance of the park to park headquarters at Panther Junction. Panther Junction to Rio Grande Village is a 21-mile (34 km) road that descends 2,000 feet (610 m) from the park headquarters to the Rio Grande. Maverick Entrance Station to Panther Junction is a 23-mile (37 km) route from the western entrance of the park to the park headquarters. Chisos Basin Road is 6 miles (10 km) long and climbs to 5,679 feet (1,731 m) above sea level at Panther Pass before descending into the Chisos Basin. The 30-mile (48 km) Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive leads to the Castolon Historic District and Santa Elena Canyon.
The park was named after the area, which is bounded by a large bend in the river and Texas-Mexico border.
Despite its harsh desert environment, Big Bend has more than 1200 species of plants (including 60 cactus species), over 600 species of vertebrates, and about 3600 insect species. The variety of life is largely due to the diverse ecology and changes in elevation between the dry, hot desert, the cool mountains, and the fertile river valley.
A LEGENDARY TRIP AT BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
This was our Springbreak trip to Big Bend! We camped in the Chisos Basin for the duration of the trip, and highly, highly recommend it!
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BIG BEND, LIFE ON THE EDGE
There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in the sublime southwestern sun, and the diversity of species is the best in the country. We’ve dedicated an entire show to one topic; Big Bend National Park.
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