This park definitely does not get enough credit. We decided to go camping for our Thanksgiving break. With no available reservation we took a risk in driving 8 hours hoping to get a first come first serve site. Thankfully we found one site in the Rio Grande Campground. Site #22 was a great camping site surrounded by mesquite trees seemed almost like you had partitions from all the other campsites. This helped with the strong winds that we got that night. Talking with the park ranger we found out that a tent was lost to Mexico the night before due to the strong winds. The campsite is near the restrooms, a closet like room to wash your dishes, and water fill up station for drinking water. The scary part was the odd looking spider clinging to the top of the dish washing room. We weren’t able to figure out what kind of spider it was but it didn’t seem to mind all the people coming to wash their dishes. The campsite was tucked into the back of the campground in the “no generator zone”. Near the campsite maybe less than a mile away you have the gas/grocery station, showers and wifi. The park itself is wonderful. We hiked Boquillas Canyon and you will run into the “singing Mexican”. He is set up on the Mexico side and has a jar on the U.S. side for tips. Now, if you know Texas you know that for the most part it’s usually flat, but coming to Big Bend is probably the only time you will see mountains in the Lone Star state. Driving through the park is really serene. You get to see beautiful sunsets that only Texas can offer. A park ranger suggested the best place for it is Sotol Vista Overlook. We got great shots and a of course a beautiful sunset. You don’t see much wildlife but what we did see was a lot of tarantulas. I suggest visiting the Hot Springs near the Rio Grande campground, it was once a resort. The window was nice and only a short walk that is accessible to everyone. We then went on a beautiful hike through Lost Mines. A moderate hike in which you forget you are in Texas when you get to the top. We also headed through the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the Santa Elena Canyon. Pulled over for lunch and enjoyed the view first to see the formations from afar that divide Mexico from the U.S. If you visit Big Bend don’t miss the opportunity to visit Terlingua. A little town which many country singers sing about, its former mayor was a goat and where many chili contests have been won. Visit the Starlight Theatre for some good food, cold beer, and country music. Make sure to stop by the gift shop and get your Viva Terlingua sticker! On the way back we visited La Kiva. It’s a one of a kind bar that mimics a cave, pretty great atmosphere. Our trip to Big Bend was incredible. It was definitely worth the drive but we just hoped we had had more time to do all the hikes there. We will definitely make sure to visit again and do more of the hikes; they don’t call it Big Bend for nothing.