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Old 02-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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Big Bend National Park and Terlingua TX Ride Feb 2015

I took off from Austin this Feburary, with my buddy, for a 1300 mile four day trip to Terlingua and Big Bend National Park.
We left Thursday after work, spent the night in Junction, and arrived in Terlingua early Friday afternoon.
We camped at Rancho Topango in Terlingua for two nights and in Big Bend for one night.
Rancho Topango is a privately owned campground and it is very peaceful, comfortable and clean!
They have camp sites on a hill with a great view, and camp sites in a valley. We stayed on the hill, but I would probably stay in the valley next time because the sites are more spacious and secluded. I highly recommend Rancho Topanga due to its proximity to the Terlingua Ghost Town and the National Park,
which makes it easy to eat, drink and be merry!






I liked this tidy and unobtrusive home on the hill side.


Saturday morning we entered the Big Bend National Park, which was free due to the President's day weekend!














We headed to the Hot Springs, where we would go for a hike, then relax in the hot springs.










It rained in the park a couple of days before our arrival, and the Rio Grande was flowing nicely and there was lots of green about!














More proof that we were walking on what was once an ocean. This was about 12" in diameter!


My buddy made a brief escape to Mexico.


The natural hot spring was the perfect temperature and despite a massive Mountain Biking event that brought 500 riders to the Terlingua area, we had it mostly to ourselves.


Dunking in the Rio Grande after poaching in the Hot Springs!


It was super cool to hang out on the porch drinkin and listenin to the country/blue grass music.




Making friends on the porch!


The old Miner's homes which are mostly in ruins are all dry stacked and little stone chips take the place of mortar!
A room with a view for sure.






My buddy likes to support the local producers!


A camper next to us flew his drone. Which is a big no-no at Rancho Topango, it almost became a target for the owner of the ranch.




















By the time we returned from our hike to the window my heart-rate was 150 bpm, my friends was 130 bbp.
Pretty awesome hike too.




Taking a couple of miles of dirt to our camping spot in the Park - a bit of left over mud and deep tire tracks made it an interesting road.






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Old 02-19-2015, 09:07 PM   #2
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My wife and I loved Big Bend when we were down there a few years ago. Great riding and hiking. The view from Emory Peak was fantastic. Been thinking about going back soon. Thanks for the report.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:39 AM   #3
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I stayed at Rancho Topango a couple years ago. Was out there on a weekday and had the whole place to myself. I guess the wind wasn't blowing to hard casue I heard if it is you sure dont want to camp on top of the hill as it'll almost blow you off. They still have showers?
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:15 AM   #4
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Howdy and thanks guys! I am glad you enjoyed my report
Tridawg, yes Rancho Topango has showers, and I must say they are quite nice!
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:01 PM   #5
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And for the $20 camping fee, worth every penny. Great pics to. Thnks for sharing.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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Oh man, this report makes me want to drop everything and head to Big Bend! Thanks for the information on Rancho Topanga. I'd like to give it a try next time I'm out there.
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Great stuff!

Makes me miss the area.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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I also use Rancho Topanga as a great place to camp. Usually have the place to yourself. And really nice showers. The view is outstanding too. The guy who owns it also has a nice gun shop on site. Also some nice leather goods.

Headed there this week in our Airstream. Staying at Maverick RV Park/Lajitas. Any ADVers in the area, drop by. I will be in the Airstream with the Texas flag decal on the front. Might even have some extra COLD Texas Beer....
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:01 PM   #9
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Good looking Super10 by the way!
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:34 PM   #10
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That looks like fun! Thanks for sharing. The Big bend is on my to do list this year. Seeing your trip is quiet inspiring.
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Nice ride and great pix!
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:28 AM   #12
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Thank you for your compliments .
West Texas is pretty awesome, the peace, solitude, simplicity, ruggedness, and big sky soothe me.
Its where I want to spend my final days.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:22 PM   #13
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Nice job, thanks!

People like you just keep pushing Big Bend further up on my hit list..
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:04 PM   #14
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Well said.

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Thank you for your compliments .
West Texas is pretty awesome, the peace, solitude, simplicity, ruggedness, and big sky soothe me.
Its where I want to spend my final days.
I have to agree.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #15
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Nice pictures and report! I've only been in the area once for a mountain bike race at Lajitas but really like the serenity and people who live in there. They seem to know how to relax and enjoy things as they come...

Were you at the Rubber Chicken ride in NM last fall? I rode with a guy from TX who mentioned the RideDualSport website.
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