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“So many things so little time”
Review of The Window

The Window
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Owner description: From the road, this spot offers a spectacular view into the canyon below.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

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.

2  Thank Vanessa R
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

There is an accessible walkway to a viewpoint (unless it snows!!!). Otherwise there is a fairly easy hike right down to the Window. Watch it. The rocks are very slick right at the drop-off.

Thank hummernator
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We liked this hike a lot because it gives you the view of the mountains from their base rather than taking you up to the heights. The "window pour off" is a stunning view at the end. Hiking book descriptions make this sound daunting because you go down first then up on the return. But it really is not that strenuous and well worth the effort. Don't miss it!

Thank RyanLChicago
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This hike can either be 3.8 or 5.5 (or something like that) depending on whether you star from the parking at the cam ground or at the basin store. Considering that the extra 0.8 mile really doesn't bring much except steep switchbacks, my advice is store your energy for another hike and take the short version.

The trail goes down quickly so it can be misleading because you'll be at the window in 45 minutes if you walk down fast, but going back up will take a bit more time. I would say plan for 3 to 4 hours if you want to take your time, but it can be done in 2 hrs if you rush a little, but why would you? Always take a good amount of water.

Believe it or not, while this trail is supposed to be very popular, I did it on Sunday 04/14 in the later part of the afternoon and didn't meet any one until the last 0.5 mile on my way back. Talk about solitude, this is one reason I like Big Bend!

This year, I chose to not go the the Window view itself, but take the fork on the right to the upper trail that eventually goes to Oak spring, the main source of water for the park basin. Going to the spring adds 2 miles one way, but I just reached the view point which is about 0.25 mile from the fork after a steep ascend. Very nice view of the desert from there, better than the Window itself in my opinion, but the Window has other charms like the scary pour off and the slippery rocks. Do both, it doesn't take much time.

3  Thank Michel F
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Wonderful hikes: Emory Peak, South Rim, Balanced Rock, Chimneys Trail, Santa Elena Canyon and Boquillas Canyon hike. The Chihuahuan Desert flowers were absolutely beautiful! We were fortunate to catch the flowers at peak. Wildlife included pronghorn antelope, deer, jackrabbits, roadrunners and of course lots of lizards. Very large and diverse population of birds. The restaurant at Chisos Mts Lodge was nice.

Thank Sherry P
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