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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

Hiking and camping the back country.

Story by Brad Hill October 29th, 2014

Black gap road

This road is unmaintained and crosses rugged country. 4 wheel drive and enough know-how on where to place your tires is required. An old mercury mine abandoned in the 1940’s can be accessed via The River Road, an off-shoot of Black Gap. The western portion is less traveled and more rugged. Allow at least a day to travel the entire length.

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Camp Chef

In the backcountry, simple things like grillin’ beans, Coors Light, dehydrated food and hot dogs taste fantastic after a long day exploring.

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Sunset at our backcountry campsite on Glenn Springs Road, an unmaintained road inside the National Park.

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Emory Peak

This is the highest point in the park and offers a 360° view that is breathtaking. The hike is strenuous, it’s a 10.5 mile round trip and the last quarter mile is a steep climb. In fact, the last 20-30 feet require a scramble up an exposed rock face.

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Boot Canyon Trail

It really does look like a boot.

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The Window

A pour-off which frames panoramic desert vistas.

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rio grande

The width of the river surprised me. I literally threw a rock into Mexico.

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Wave at the Mexicans.
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30,000 miles

This part of southern Texas is beautiful and perfect Jeep terrain. It was a great location to turn 30,000 miles in our 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

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SOUTH RIM

The 2,000 feet elevation gain well worth the view into Mexico. It’s a 14.5 miles round trip that begin at the Basin Trailhead. This was my favorite view from the entire trip.

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The Chisos Mountains are awesome. The rock formations, sunsets and vistas are top notch. You should definitely go.

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Footnote: Captured 3.22.2014 - 3.31.2014 in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L
Big Bend National Park