First...again, this RR by Cannonshot is a must read. With this thread and some planning you can hit this area and really feel well orientated upon arrival and have a great experience. Thanks again to CS and the other contributors! I just got back from a 2 week trip down to BB from Northern VA. Great time to go as far as weather, climate, and crowds (none...except at the campgrounds - they were 90-100% full, but I found that 50% of the backcountry sites were open during my stay the first week of March). BACKCOUNTY camping IS the way to enjoy BB!!!!! This was a neat trip for me. Part 1 was with my daughter on a break from college...we hit Nashville, Memphis, and Fort Worth, had a great time, and she flew home. Part 2 was the BB part of this trip with me solo. I had bumper hauled our family DR200 on my Tacoma (with a cap). This combo allowed me to haul *ss in comfort on the interstates, use 4x4 when needed, and camp like I was at the Ritz in the rear cap...and be able to meet some specific due dates regardless of weather (snow/ice) back home. Thought it would be useful for those who are "hearing the call of Big Bend" to see some video of my trip in addition to the existing imagery in the thread. If there are any concerns about this being posted here...let me know please! Enjoy, and thanks to all who led me here!