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Old 11-19-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Big Bend Recommendations Wanted

Hello,

I have two weeks off at the end of the year and decided to head to Big Bend from DFW on my K1600GT. I am trying to put together a plan and would appreciate any recommendations you can share on sites to see.

Good Drives in Big Bend?
Fort Davis?
Alpine?
Marfa?

I welcome your thoughts on the topic.

Thanks,

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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Just run all of the paved roads down there. Very limited.
The Starlight in Terlingua will give you some rustic flavor.
Do the River Rd from Terlingua to Persidio.
The Davis Mtns are cool. Do the observatory.
There's also the State Park on the westside of the Nat'l Park.
The best parts of Big Bend are not on paved roads. So, see what you can and have fun.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:39 PM   #3
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BB is not much for a street bike. But if you are there you can see everything that the paved paths have to offer in one day.
When you leave take 170 north along the Rio Grande. It has character.

Your K bike will be fun on 170.

If you get north into T or C, NM then PM me. Will be doing Christmas there & may have a Buell to ride.

I will be in Dallas for a day of business on the 17 or 18 of DEC. Then on to NM.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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Thanks Gents!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:56 AM   #5
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I spent a few days in the Big Bend area earlier this year. I really enjoyed it.

Lots of good roads in the area and the park itself it quite impressive. Depending on your disposition, you may like Terlingua, or you may find it repulsive. I sure liked it a lot, and I spent an evening at the Starlight Theater and camped at the campground in town.

I toured the Observatory and would do it again. If you're not a geek, you might find the tour kind of boring.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Another vote for the observatory and Davis Mountains. Hiway 118 is great.

We camped at Big Bend, and stayed at the Holland Hotel in Alpine on our way to BB. It's a cool restored historical hotel and there is a German-themed restaurant associated with it (not overly gourmet, but it was pretty good). The hotel rooms are all a little different from each other:
http://www.thehollandhoteltexas.com/index.html

In BB, we camped at the Rio Grande Village campground. Nearby is a little store with showers, and more importantly, cold beers.

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Old 11-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #7
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Thanks

This is great. thanks!
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:20 PM   #8
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Sit cross-legged in Santa Elena Canyon in the late afternoon with your arms outstretched and your consciousness expanded.



If you're real adventurous, you can hook up with Far Flung Adventures based out of Terlingua, and take a float trip through the canyon for as few or as many days as you wish. Texas on one side, Mexico on the other.

Then you can toast your pioneer spirit at the bar at La Kiva, or perhaps over a steak at La Reata in Alpine. Don't dismiss crossing at Ojinaga and the short ride out to Peguis Canyon in Mexico. There should be some UFO parts lying on the ground out there, at least according to legend.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:21 PM   #9
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eyes shut mentioned a motel/hotel in Alpine. If you're into historic hotels, something different, there's also the Gage Hotel in Marathon, a bit east on 90 from Alpine. Google it.

If you're riding in from the east, I urge you to take a route thru the Hill Country in TX. Look it up. Rocksprings, etc. Do your own map. Enter the Big Bend area from Hwy 90. Catch Lantry pics, do the awesome Pecos River crossing and grab pics from the west side.

Study Butte would the a natural base to stay, and Terlingua is two spits away. If you wanna spend some bucks, the Chisos Lodge in the Nat'l Park is nice

Most of this Big Bend area you'll visit - the most rugged in all of our fifty states, imo - is in Brewster County, the largest county in TX, and also the least populated. Lots of weird and independent people live there. Catch the local scene, if you can. It's great.

Great country. Make the most of your time there.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #10
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Peguis Canyon, Mexico, just over the border from Presidio. You won't need a TVIP or a tourist card, the aduana is farther down the road towards Chihuahua.

Stop in the zocalo in Ojinaga, there are several good restaurants there and around. It's quiet as a mouse and there's nothing going on to worry about. I recommend Los Comales.

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Old 11-20-2011, 04:33 PM   #11
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You've missed the bus. The pink bus, that is.

Kathy of Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe is now bartending at the Starlight. You'll see her former institution, on the left side of the road leaving Study Butte heading towards Ghost Town.





I'm still not sure if the story of her closing is permanent, I missed seeing her at the Starlight a couple weeks ago as she wasn't working there the night I was there. This was an icon of the Big Bend area.
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Outstanding pic!
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:20 PM   #13
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You've missed the bus. The pink bus, that is.

Kathy of Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe is now bartending at the Starlight. You'll see her former institution, on the left side of the road leaving Study Butte heading towards Ghost Town.





I'm still not sure if the story of her closing is permanent, I missed seeing her at the Starlight a couple weeks ago as she wasn't working there the night I was there. This was an icon of the Big Bend area.
This saddens me considerably. I hope she's not closing it for good. There are few things as good as sitting around the fire eating a Calamity Jane and drinking coffee while visiting with fellow bohemians.

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Old 11-20-2011, 05:28 PM   #14
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Yes it is closed. She works at the Starlite Theatre now. Said between taking care of her mom and working too much she had to close it down. It is for sale. It was cool while it lasted.

As far as street riding, there is alot of great roads to ride in the Big Bend area. River Road, Ft. Davis Loop, all of Big Bend NP., Road to Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin Rd.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #15
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Be careful on River Rd -- it has a few tricky corners and some weird hills. Had a friend killed on a ride there yrs ago.
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