Big Bend 2010
We head for Rio Grande Village campground where we have a reservation.
Turned out that there were several/many sites open each night, in spite
of the NPS web warning that everything would be full.
The weather was what we wanted and came for. T-shirts and shorts.
The next day we take it easy--after 950 miles from Boulder. In
the afternoon, we hike the 4 miles from the campground to the
hot springs. The trail can't go along the river because of a
little canyon, so it climbs up away from the river
Here's looking back at Rio Grande Village--store, RV park and campground
Looking up-river (west) to the vicinity of the hot springs
Lots of choices of needles and spines
After 9/11, the border was "closed"--so no going across the river
to little villages for a nice patio lunch of real Mexican food.
However, those clever folks sneak over and put displays of trinkets
for sale along the trails--usually about 100 feet past where a
ranger would turn around
It had been a cold winter, so flowers were delayed. The main thing
blooming were the yuccas
The hot springs (105 degrees) was very nice. Unfortunately, the
four miles back over the trail wore it off