Big Bend National Park

Because it is off season, but (trust me) the weather is still nice in south Texas in the winter, we were able to get a room in the park on short notice.  We were in the same park, in the same lodge at the same time as Matthew McConaughey…so there.  He went hiking/camping with a group, we stayed on the driving route.

It took us the better part of the day to drive from Wimberley, TX to the National Park.  We stopped in Langtry, TX where Judge Roy Bean was the law west of the Pecos.  His actual bar room/court house is still standing.

It (the park) is 60 miles off the two-lane highway.  Gasoline is cheaper IN the park, they have a small grocery store, a nice restaurant, no cell service and poor Wi-Fi, but the views and environment is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.  I’m going to give you lots of pictures, but they do not do justice to the beauty and grace of this park.  You must see it and you must take children and you must tell everyone.

Before the area became a National Park it was a private resort.  Some of the buildings and the hot springs tub still stands and are in use.

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Paces River

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Hot Springs on the bank of the Rio Grand in Big Bend National Park.

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Horses on the Mexican side of the Rio Grand

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