|The Persimmon Gap (north) Entrance|
|The lechuguilla in the foreground should be green, but as a result of the|
drought and freeze, they are a sickly yellow and easily uprooted by javelina.
Looking toward the Chisos from K-Bar 2, backcountry campsite.
|Mountain Lion display at the Chisos Basin |
|Sunset and moon rise at my Paint Gap campsite.|
|This peak is called Casa Grande. Notice the lodge below. The restaurant is|
just to the left. (This is where the mountain lion attack occured.)
In this parking lot I got free wifi, there's a little store and a visitor's center.
I was hoping to be able to visit Boquillas, a small Mexican village just across the river from Rio Grande Village. Unfortunately, since 9/11, border crossings have not been allowed. I'm told, however,that they'll be opening one to Boquillas in a couple of months. Next time I'm at Big Bend, I'll visit.
|The Mexican Village of Boquillas (upper left), on the other side of|
the Rio Grande River at the base of the Sierra del Carmen Mountains.
Taken from a view point on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail.
|After 10 miles on a dirt road, I reach the "official" welcoming sign for|
Big Bend Ranch State Park ...
only 17 more dirt-road miles to go to the visitors center!
|On the way to the state park, I visited the Terlilingua Ghost Town Cemetery ... |
it was an "odd" Ghost Town as most of the old buildings were occupied.
Here are some pictures of the various mountains and peaks surrounding or in Big Bend National Park.
|Almost sunset, looking toward the Chisos Mountains,|
the flat top of Casa Grande peak visable in the backgound.
Picture taken when almost to the turn off to my Paint Gap camp site.
|A closer view of Casa Grande from the|
Chisos Basin Loop Trail.
|The vista from the Window View Trail through "The Window" in Chisos Basin.|
|A view looking into the National Park from the west. At sunset.|
Sierra del Carmen in the far background. Maybe Study Butte on the right.
|Pic 1 of 2: Morning clouds pouring off the|
Sierra del Carmen Mountains in the distance
|Pic 2 of 2: The clouds are gone in the afternoon.|
|A trail into the base of Santa Elena Canyon ... as far|
as you can go ... off of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
Here are some pictures of a bit of the facinating geology of the area ...
|Painted Hills type of formation. Made from several volcanic ash falls.|
On the road to Rio Grande Village.
|Tuft Canyon (from volcanic ash), trail off the|
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
|Fossil Seashells seen on the Santa Elena Canyon Trail.|
"Marine fossils prove this region was once beneath the sea
These oyster-like animals lived during the Cretaceous Period,
about 100 milion years ago." (trail sign)
|On these peaks you can see layer upon layer of rock formed from lava, errosion,|
ash, more lava, errosion and so forth. Makes for beautiful formations.
Seen on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
|More interesting rock formations on the road into|
Big Bend Ranch State Park.
|This a pond full of plant and fish life, just off the Rio Grande River,|
thanks to a couple of beaver dams.
As seen from the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail.
|Coming up on an Aligator Juniper Tree on the|
Chisos Basin Loop Trail.
|The bark of the Aligator Juniper|
|This is a Drooping Juniper on the|
Chisos Basin Loop Trail.
|A cactus getting ready to bloom on the Chisos Basin Loop Trail.|
|Agave. The one on the right has bloomed and died.|
On the Chisos Basin Loop Trail.
|Sotol in the foreground as seen at the Sotol Vista Overlook on the|
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
Here are some sunsets and moon rises ...
|Sunset from my first night at my Paint Gap campsite.|
|Last night's sunset at Paint Gap|
|The pink of the sunset (from the west) reflected off the face of the|
Sierra del Carmen mountains (in the east).
Taken from the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail at Dugout Wells.
|Full moon starting to rise. Taken from the Chihuahuan Desert Nature|
Trail at Dugout Wells
|Full moon rising with ocotillo in foreground.|
Taken from the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail at
|Windmill at Dugout Wells.|
|Tunnel on road to Rio Grande Village|
|One of the bridges over the beaver dams.|
Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
|Steps on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail|
|Adobe brick building that use to be the La Harmonia Store in the|
Castolon area of the park, off the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
|Switchbacks with railings created to climb the|
Santa Elena canyon wall.
|A natural hot springs was made into a pool with masonry for the|
"Hot Springs Resort" of the 1930's. I took a break from my hike
and dangled my feet in the pool. Near Rio Grande Village.
|Many of the old "Hot Springs Resort" building still stand.|
Big Bend National Park has lots of animals. I saw deer (white tale and mule), rabbits, javelinas, and maybe even a mountain lion from a far away distance. I saw a great blue heron, woodpeckers, roadrunners, nuthatchers, and other birds for whom I don't know their names. But, I didn't get any good pictures ... I'm not fast enough!
|Me waving "Hi Everyone" on a Tuft Canyon Overlook,|
on a trail off of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
Now, onward toward the Gulf Coast!