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“It's really "Texas" big!”

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Presidio
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Site where organized camel trail rides take place in West Texas.
Pensacola, Florida, USA
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“It's really "Texas" big!”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Like it's cousin, Big Bend National Park, the Ranch covers an area of which you cannot conceive until you try to traverse even a part of it. For example, once you leave the paved road from Paradiso, the 17 mile drive to the bunkhouse takes an hour and that's the well maintained gravel road. Even with a 4-wheeeler,
you cannot begin to cover minor portions of the Ranch because of it's sheer size. Everyone there is helpful and will be honest about what you can accomplish. It's a great place to hide. Who could find you if you chose to.

The panoramas a vast and breath-taking, but there are only so many ledges, rock piles and canyons before they start melding into one another and become an iteration of the last one.

Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Philip W
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Dallas, TX
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98 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Bunkhouse review/report”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Detailed information about the bunkhouse was difficult to find, so here is everything you ever wanted to know.

Before visiting I really wanted to know how the beds were set up. See the photos. There is a hallway with small cubicles along each side. The cubicles have walls on three sides but are open to the hallway. So this is more private than a bunch of beds in a room, but each cubicle has two beds very close together and is open to the hallway.

The cubicles are small and can barely hold two beds, leaving a small space between the beds. There is really not enough room to put an open suitcase between the beds, so if both beds in a cubicle are occupied then it is going to be very tight. Many of the cubicles on the window side had no window coverings. The beds themselves are single width and were comfortable. Bedding was fine.

Tip: The first cubicle on the right as you enter the hallway has more space between the beds. It is also darker in the morning.

The men's bathroom had two toilets, two sinks and two showers. Cleanliness could have been better but was acceptable. (There was only one other person at the bunkhouse, a long-term visitor, so there probably was not daily maintenance. There is a sign telling guests to alert management if any attention was needed.) One shower had an uncomfortable high-pressure shower head, the other was much better (lower pressure, like normal).

The bunkhouse is not air-conditioned. There were heating elements, although if it is very cold it seems like they wouldn't be sufficient. (possibly inquire if you are going in deep winter.)

The bunkhouse common area is very nice. It has a great western decor with about six large tables and several couches. There is a large commercial-sized kitchen, but it was not available for individual guests and was reserved for large-scale meal preparation for large groups.

As for security, the main bunkhouse door seemed to stay unlocked, although I think it was lockable. The entry door to the women's side of the bunkhouse had a simple doorknob lock, which of course can be locked only after everyone is in. I didn't check the men's side.

Overall, this is a good way to stay if you can't get the suite in the big house or if you don't want to spend the money for the sutie. But if you have more than one person in your group, then financially it makes sense to get the suite.

Visited April 2014
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6 Thank MaxConcrete
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Elmer, New Jersey
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294 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Adventurous Road with Gorgeous Views”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

The River Road (FM 170) from Presidio to Lajitas is one of the most adventurous roads I have ever driven with gorgeous views everywhere. Take the time to stop along the way at "Hoodoos Trail" to enjoy the rock formations and the short hike to the Rio Grande River. You'll be tempted but don't wade across to Mexico. And the Teepees Rest Stop is just a great photo op...as is the Contrabando Movie Set! If approaching from the west, I suggest you start at Fort Leaton to get a local map and the Texas Parks issue of "El Solitario" which details important information about the park, its attractions and its services--there is NO gas, diesel or groceries available in park!

Visited March 2014
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7 Thank Nicemeany
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Cypress, Texas
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288 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Remote”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a lovely park, but you must commit to going as it's a nearly 30-mile drive in to the ranger station on a windy dirt/rock road. You'll be happier in a high clearance and/or 4WD vehicle. Took a few nice short hikes. Nice views. It would be great for someone looking for true back-country opportunities. Somehow picked up a nail in our tire while there.

Visited March 2014
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3 Thank brngckn
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Stow, Ohio
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136 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Another beautiful Park.”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

I would suggest that you go here if you are headed to Big Bend National Park. Go by way of the river road, which is just spectacular. Wonderful views along the way. Even more remote than the National Park and just as lovely. Very few places to stay so plan ahead.

Visited March 2014
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4 Thank Dale L
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