Explore Big Bend Area

  • April 5, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Let's go to Big Bend! You've wanted to do this for years!

Swim in natural spring-fed pools.
Soak in a natural hot spring.
Visit a ghost town.
Hike in some of west Texas' most fascinating nature areas

Southwest Texas has many fascinating natural attractions and the best time to see them is in the Spring. Monahans Sandhills State Park is full of giant sand dunes. Balmorhea State Park and San Solomon Springs is one of my favorite places in Texas, as it hosts the largest natural spring-fed swimming pool in the world. McDonald Observatory has guided tours. Marfa has an arts community and the Marfa Mystery lights (with an official viewing station). Big Bend has camping, a few ghost towns and more wilderness than we could explore.

I want to take a group of at least 20 people. The price depends on what we do, but I'm expecting it to be about $200 per person and last 5 days. My proposal is for us to drive through Monahans and Pecos, then drop down to Balmorhea State Park. We could camp or lodge at Balmorhea or Davis Mountains State Park (though DMSP lodging books a year in advance). From there, we could drive to Big Bend National Park. So, spend two days getting to BBNP, spend two days at BBNP, then a day getting home. A straight drive from BBNP to Plano is 8 to 9 hours. If you like this plan, or want to suggest variations, let me know.

Richard Alexander
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  • Pooua

    I just got an email from a potential tour guide at BBNP. He says, "Our area has experienced a very wet fall and winter, the March and April spring bloom for wildflowers and cactus this year should be one of the best ever!"

    February 26, 2014

  • Pooua

    It will cost at least $60 per person to cover entrance and camping fees at the parks I have planned for us to visit, if we can get group rates. If we don't get group rates, it would cost $107 per person. We should also have some money in reserve, for unexpected expenses. That leaves the expense of getting to our destinations, food and whatever activities we wish to have. We need to reserve the campground now, as the schedule is already booked to the day before I plan for us to arrive. I begin a new, a 3-month contract on Monday. I've told them about this trip, but I don't know how they intend to resolve the schedule conflict. I can reserve the group campsite for you, if you pay me now. I can't guarantee that I can go or provide anything else for you. If you want to go on this trip, please send me $60 now to reserve the campground. If we don't get enough people to reserve (we must have at least 9 people to get group rates), I will count your money toward other trip expenses.

    February 25, 2014

    • Pooua

      Note that the $60 only covers the camping fee at BBNP and state parks. It does not cover the BBNP $20 per vehicle entrance fee, or the $25 group application fee, nor any other trip expenses.

      February 25, 2014

  • Pooua

    Because we are going as an organized group, Big Bend National Park requires us to submit a Special Use Permit and a $25 non-refundable processing fee. Additionally, if our group charges a fee of any type for anything, it can result in a judgement from the Park that we would require a Commercial Use Authorization form and proof of commercial insurance set at the specified level of coverage. I just received an email informing me that the Park would wave the requirement for the CUA and the insurance this time, for this trip. That not only saves us money, but getting insurance takes about six weeks. I still have to file the SUP and a check for the processing fee.

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry can not make these dates

    February 13, 2014

  • Pooua

    I need to know how many people could carpool and provide spare equipment if we leave on Friday, April 4, and return on Thursday, April 10?

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been to the Big Bend area many times and would love to go back depending on the dates.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very interesting. June or july.

    February 7, 2014

    • Pooua

      I'm afraid that isn't feasible. Big Bend is too hot for most city folks in the Summer. I mean, way, way too hot! We are talking temperatures approaching 120 °F and no shade or water anywhere.

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to join you guys but final confirmation will depend on the date.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! Yes! Count me in!

    February 7, 2014

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