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Big Bend Ranch State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Presidio
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Owner description: Site where organized camel trail rides take place in West Texas.
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stopped at Fort Leaton on our way to Lajitas and fell in love with the place. The drive through Big Bend Ranch State Park was amazing. We stopped several times to admire the views.

2  Thank Garrett D
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

If it's too hot to hike then check out a hike in Closed Canyon. It's off River Road. It's a quick hike to the entrance of the canyon and once in the canyon it is so narrow that it's mostly shady and a nice breeze blowing through it. You have to scramble over boulders and just keep going. It took us a little over an hour to get to a point where we couldn't keep going due to a pool of water that we couldn't get around without great risk of getting wet.

1  Thank DonnaQu
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The drive through Big Bend Ranch State Park is on a par with the pacific coast highway in terms of driving a winding road. Of course the scenery is the Rio Grande river and not the Pacific ocean, but well worth the drive.

1  Thank FlyRC
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Do NOT MISS this jewel of Texas Parks and Wildlife! The park makes the national park look like chump change (not totally but close). The park is split into 2 sections - River road along highway 170 and the ranch. We stayed in both sections using a high clearance 2-wheel drive. The river road is breathtaking. It has to be one of the best drives in Texas if not this country. Beautiful vistas over looking the Rio Grande, sandwiched between mountains and sheared cliffs cut by the river. Hawks and falcons soared above us at every stop. The campsites along the river are very popular. We picked one that was up on a hill with great view of the river based on a park rangers suggestion. He was right, great view and a bit windy. When the sun went down the wind picked up. Each camping area has a composting toilet within a short walk. Waking up we found we had more company at the camping area then desired (2 more campsites). They were there for mountain biking so we decided to go to the main ranch area. Very long drive along a road which could handle a street car, but high clearance would be best. We reach the ranch house to pick our to campsite. The rangers were super helpful with suggestions and tips. We ended up at Pila Montoya 3 on the edge of El Solitario. It was fine! We hiked into Solitario in the morning, came back for breakfast and went back down for more hiking. No one was near by, it seemed as if we were the only ones in the park. Again, there are nice toilets with great view a short hike away. We went in February and took our dogs, who were limited to a specific range from the campsite. But having our 4-legged family members made the trip very special. I would suggest you not take dogs in the summer. Wildflowers were beautiful in late February. As with all primitive camping, you haul out what you brought in and you need to bring lots of your own water and supplies. No stores near by - it would take a good hours drive before you hit a store. Be sure to go to the website for a e-copy of El Solitario newsletter. It contains loads of great information you should know before you go.

8  Thank Ranleigh
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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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