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“The easiest isolated camping in the world?”

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Presidio
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Owner description: Site where organized camel trail rides take place in West Texas.
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Big Bend Ranch State Park (a relatively new--1998-- state park next to the much better known Big Bend National Park) perhaps provides the most comfortable ISOLATED tent camping sites in the world. Compared to the sites of Europe (and many in the US) where tent guy lines often intertwine, each BBRSP site is 1/2 a mile or more from its nearest neighbor, but provides a covered table, tent pad and in some cases a composting toilet. And you can drive to it with a high ground clearance vehicle ("crossover" or SUV), 4 wheel drive not essential for many. It's a backpacking site with the conveniences of a campground! Yes, you do have to drive 20-30 miles of gravel road to get there, but the stars at night, and the isolation of the Chihuahuan Desert are priceless--at $18 for two people per night. We stayed at campsite Pila Montoya #3, which even had a spring fed water tank close by. There are no groceries or gas in the park so be sure to fill up with both before heading out. Ice is available for a donation. Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding (bring your own) and birding are the main activities. Spring and fall are the best---and summer is really hot, hot, hot.

5  Thank Ron and Jeanne B
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"river road"
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"closed canyon"
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"rio grande"
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"ranger station"
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"high clearance"
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"movie set"
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"wheel drive"
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"mile round trip hike"
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"visitor center was very helpful"
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"single track"
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"beautiful drive"
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"rock formations"
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"offers beautiful views"
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is an easy out and back hike. It was GORGEOUS. There's a point where you can touch each side of the canyon walls at the same time. Kinda cool. This was a really beautiful and easy hike.

2  Thank PJonesTexas
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is a great and unique state park. If you are a mountain biker then this park should be on your list of places to visit. Drive down Hwy 170 from Presidio to Lajitas is beautiful. Also don't miss the Closed Canyon Trail. The trailhead is on Hwy 170 and the hike was an unexpected pleasure.

Thank Jmkmtexas
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Leaving the Big bend National Park, we opted to travel west on highway 170 (a paved farm road) to Presidio, TX. The ancient volcanic action and erosion has created different vistas, today under a beautifully clear sky. One first travels through the small town of Terlingua which has a section set apart as their old ghost town, however, in several places the old mixed with the more recent. This vast valley is situated between the two parks and it's advisable to get gas. As we headed west on this roller coaster road, each turn brought different views ranging from the small varied colored rocks alongside the road to the large desert mountains produced through ancient volcanism. The road follows the Rio Grande and approximately 20 miles into the 57 mile trip, we came across an old movie set used for movies such as "The Streets of Larado" with stars such as Sam Sheppard, James Garner and Sissy Spacek. "Dead Man Walk" and "The Journeyman" were the last to be filmed, but the buildings are in good shape and it's easy to imagine the action filmed here. Natural life abounds, too, and we were fortunately to spot a roadrunner, normally a very shy bird. From the roadrunner's viewpoint, the Rio Grande looms large! The washes are abundant along this road so if there is rain forecast in the state one needs to ensure to pay attention before driving into flowing water. Fortunately for us, they were all dry and only evidence of high water remained. We hiked back into a wash surrounded with extremely unusual erosion patterns and came upon a couple of adobe huts nestled into an corner surrounded by holes eroded by wind and water. Pretty ingenious idea! For nature lovers and ones wanting to experience the thrill of Mexico directly across the river need to take this road - it is well worth it! The website listed below provides a wealth of information. There are fees to use various activities in the park, but no fee to drive through. They have hiking, biking, river rafting, 4X4 roads and guided tours on a number of topics.

8  Thank Teri and David B
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Not many people venture into this park, which is one of the nice things about it. In order to enjoy the treasures of this park though you have to get out of your car and hike around. Some of the most beautiful parts are quite remote, but well worth the effort.

Thank ACWilson
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