Camping, Hiking, Camping, Hiking = Great Vacation! Before my wife and I move to Denver, CO we made sure to do a camping trip in Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is located in West Texas, and is really beautiful!
There are tons of trails throughout the park. Make sure to go when it is not too hot because there is very little tree coverage and it gets hot FAST! We went in March before spring break which worked out perfect. The weather was comfortable and the park not to crowded.
It's funny how you need to spend tons of money on camo, scent killer, tree stands, calls, wake up at 4:30am to get into the woods when you're hunting; but the deer come right up to you at noon in a national park.... Go figure.
Taking a little snack break. Jerky of course! Notice the red bear spray on my hip. Not many people think that there are bears in Texas, but there are some in the park. No grizzlies, but black bears are very common in the hills of Big Bend NP.
A great view from the top of a hike. This hike was 13 miles and our feet were KILLING us when we finished due to all the small rocks on the trails. The bottom of our feet felt like they were about to fall off. Ouch.
My wife enjoying the Rio Grande that flows through the canyons. Further down the river they do rafting trips. I don't believe it is a white water trip, but more of a cool way to explore the national park.
If you have never been to Big Bend National Park, I highly recommend it! There are not many camp sites in the park but several right outside. If you are ever in West Texas make the stop, you won't regret it.