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brodon 01-21-2013 08:01 PM

The Big Bend . . . TX.
Made this trip by car with my wife to the Park and Terlingua on a brief vacation seven years and have been trying to find the time to get back ever since. It's hard to believe the magnificent area is so unknown in the US.

Sold the big cruiser last summer, thinking at 70 years old, it's time to put riding aside and settle into old age. . . . but this is definitely not working at all.

Picked up a great deal on a '07 Burgman 650 Executive last week up in Northern IL,and getting it accessorized for Spring.

Being a fair weather rider, (low to mid 70's min.) I'm planning to tow the Burgman from Southern IL to the Park and ride for about 5 days, including Brewster County, Marfa, etc.

At Marfa, I'm hoping to get a glimps at the old "James Dean" windmill from the movie Giant.

I'm assuming to get these temperatures its got to be no sooner than late March?

Anyone from this area who is familiar with the annual temps?

Blaise W 01-21-2013 09:00 PM

Here is a great site for weather; best I've found. Temps in March will more than likely be delightful. Not much chance of very cold, and not too hot yet. Probably mid seventies. I try to get out there several times a year. Enjoy Big Bend!!dashboard;..._National_Park

HeyWhatever 01-22-2013 07:55 AM

I was at Big Bend in the middle of February two years ago. It is really nice that time of year. It is high desert, so, it will get cold at night... low 40s. With the right camping gear, though, it is really just fine. I camped in the Chisos Mountains campsite. It is bowl shaped, and faces south. This camping area keeps the warmth from the rocks in a little better at night than the others.

I am not familiar with the vehicle you are thinking of taking, but there are a lot of jeep roads there! You can go backcountry driving/ riding and camp out there. The border patrol has a few officers designated to the park, so no real need to worry about intruders. Beware there are BIG CATS out there. You will want to bring some kind of bear proof food containers.

The mountain lion was seen each night I was at camp... three or four nights I was there. I didn't get to see him, but they do exist there. Don't let the weather stop you.


kantuckid 01-22-2013 08:18 AM

"low to mid 70's, my but you are a softie in the 70's! Seriously, maybe you need to try some good riding gear(that makes for comfort in a much wider temperature range) & hit the mountains on that new scoot! It will often NOT BE! in that temp range when & where some of the best riding happens. FWIW, next year I join the 70's crowd. I'm OK if you trailer, then ride, but why fore go much of the best riding in spring,summer,fall?

Jamie Z 01-22-2013 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by HeyWhatever (Post 20548325)
You will want to bring some kind of bear proof food containers.

The campground at Chisos Basin has food lockers by each campsite.

You can see one directly behind my friend Brian on the left.


HeyWhatever 01-22-2013 08:43 AM

Yup... had a senior moment... :wink:

slowoldguy 01-22-2013 08:56 AM

Big Bend early spring weather is highly volatile and un-predictable. One Easter (2 or 3 or 4 years ago iirc) we headed out and got hit by a massive sleet/ice storm outside Ft. Stockton. Not good. By the time we made it to the park the next day, everyone had left, the skies had cleared and it was awesome. But it wasn't anywhere near 70.

Edit: BTW, I love BB in winter. Avoid Texas schools' spring breaks. Busiest time in the Park.

No False Enthusiasm 01-22-2013 09:11 AM

Jamie Z... armed with his brace of P38's... every can in the AO was threatened...


Blaise W 01-22-2013 04:44 PM

I did the Big Bend several Februarys in a row, and you can get snow and ice (we did one day) and 70's on another (we did). The weather is generally very nice during the day, but can drop into the 30's at night any time during February. Just get a late start after a good breakfast and you will have a great time.

byways 01-22-2013 06:41 PM

Hot off the press ...

Anciano 01-22-2013 06:45 PM

I was there a few years back. There were some graded dirt roads, but there was also a lot of pretty rough jeep trails. A Burgman is a wonderful rig, but it is a scooter. It doesn't have much travel and was never intended for offroad. Don't miss the Starlight Theatre.


slowoldguy 01-22-2013 06:55 PM

Some nice street stuff, too. I have had fun in the region on all kinds of bikes.

AustinAdv 01-22-2013 08:50 PM

It is awesome. We are going in 2 weeks. As has been said, weather is highly variable, but one thing is not. Go before mid to end of April because after that it is HOT. Hot like you wont believe hot.

jeffygs 01-23-2013 04:07 AM


Originally Posted by AustinAdv (Post 20554095)
It is awesome. We are going in 2 weeks. As has been said, weather is highly variable, but one thing is not. Go before mid to end of April because after that it is HOT. Hot like you wont believe hot.

I was there for a summer ride. Holy smokes it was hot. I prefer Colorado and other Rocky mountain states, in the summer of course. This june its Haines Alaska for me

800gsbusse 01-23-2013 08:29 AM

marfa lights
Just happened to be down that way last winter and caught a glimpse of the lights. Don't miss it!

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