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Hiking/backpacking trip to Big Ben NP

From: Keith F.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:14 PM

I am thinking about a trip to Big Ben National Park, sometime between October 26 and November 23.  It would be a 5-6 day trip.  Probably travel on weekdays with a weekend between.  Most of a day spent on travel each way, leaving 3-4 days to explore the park.

Fly to El Paso and rent a car to drive to the park.  Flight on SW Airlines about $100 round trip.  Rental car:  $150 split 2-4 ways.  Park entrance:  One car free (I have a pass).  Campground site for each night: $7 (Based on my half off discount, only good for one site)  Back country permit  $10 (not sure if this is per person, per night, etc., I think it is one time but one person).  Probably 2 nights in the back country and 2 in a campground.

If you don't know about the park, google it.  It's known for it's natural beauty as well as the variety of flora and fauna.  Birders come from far away due to 450 recorded species and a few very rare birds.

Contact me if interested and give dates available.

Please note that I have some funds available with Southwest that must be used by Nov 23, so I am not too interested in starting the trip after that.

Keith Ferguson


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