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“Great place to stay while visiting Big Bend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chisos Mountains

Chisos Mountains
Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
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Owner description: A great spot for the outdoors-lover in Big Bend National Park.
Michigan
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“Great place to stay while visiting Big Bend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed at Chisos Mountain Lodge while visiting Big Bend. The hikes to the Lost Mine (cooler) and Balancing Rock (warmer to hot) were great! The hot springs area is a little disappointing, but there is a nice loop hike from the parking lot to the springs then up and across the hill, back to the parking lot. Nice view from the top. Also the hike into the Santa Elena Canyon is nice. It's a beautiful park in a harsh and unforgiving land. We took the Overland tour to Ernst Tinaja, a geologists dreamland!

Visited April 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Gorgeous views, especially in the spring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We take road trips and love to drive and explore. After moving from the Northwest two years ago, my wife kept commenting "Who would have that there was this kind of a pretty place in Texas". I need to put that into perspective that we absolutely fell in love with Texas, but the Big Bend area is clearly unique and gorgeous. It is not the kind if National Park I would drive across country to see like a Yellowstone or Mount Rainier, but if you are in the region and don't visit you will be missing out.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Big Bend National Park - An American Secret & Texas Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Not the place you want to visit in the summer time unless you are looking for extreme heat. Winter also may not be the time as there can be snow, ice or heavy rains, not an optimal hiking climate. We go in the fall. The Chisos Basin area is amazing. We have always stayed at the Lodge where the food is inexpensive and very good and the views are incredible. The deer come right up to the lodge as do other creatures. Bears we have seen from a great distance and thank goodness we have never seen mountain lions. There are hundreds of miles of trails in this park, many worth a second trip. Having seen other national parks this may not be the best in terms of scenery, but it has it's own special desert beauty. Be careful with water, as prolonged hiking in the desert can cause dehydration. In this climate, sweat just evaporates! For students of geography, this place is fascinating, as you can look around and note ancient volcanic peaks, volcanic ash, 'slips' from ancient earthquakes - and oh, yes, the marine fossils on the desert floor at over 5,000 feet elevation are worth noting,too.
Pictoglyphs anyone? They are there in a different part of Big Bend - but be sure to look UP- they are not alongside the trail. We never saw much in the way of crowds. I would be afraid to take small children as there is a lot of loose rock, and a lot of steep drop-offs. Most of the trails are not for sissies - but well worth the hike/climb. Lots of unique flora/fauna.

Visited November 2012
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“Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Too crowded during spring break, but he rest of the year it is a great sky island. Drop by, walk a couple trails, then go visit the rest of the park.

Visited March 2013
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“Most spectacular part of the park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We first stayed and hiked in the southeast part of the park, and really enjoyed the desert. But when we got to the Chisos Mountains we saw right away that here was the crown jewel of the park. Great mountain scenery all around. Good opportunities to view wildlife, including that less often seen. Twice we saw a ringtail cat, both times at a pretty close distance and able to make a positive identification. We also watched a doe and fawn cleaning one another on the Lost Mine Trail. There aren't a lot of trails but the trails are beautiful and the trailheads are generally easy to access. Good campground for tent camping set in a gorgeous bowl, but finding a level spot for an RV will be a challenge. Good restaurant at the lodge. Average motel rooms if that's your thing. Keep an eye on your kids if the mountain lion has been around lately.

Visited February 2013
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