We spent the first week of winter break out west this year and had a blast. Winter is officially my favorite time to travel, just like our Virginia trip last year, nothing is crowded and you really get a front-row view to all the attractions.
We knew Big Bend would be worth the drive, but it really did exceed our expectations. The park was beautiful and diverse with plenty to see and lots of great hiking trails. I would love to go back and see the cactus in bloom. The trip totaled 1,700 miles of easy, scenic driving (complete with lots of West Texas windmills) plus David Sedaris audio books and Bon Iver to pass the time.
- Sand-surfing at Monahans Sandhills State Park
- A free suite upgrade at Alpine's historic Holland Hotel and a fancy dinner at Reata the first night
- A fabulous view of the park from our room at the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend (and no TV, Internet, or phone-reception either!)
- All-weather days - it seemed we felt every season everyday (freezing, AC-required, and in-between)
- Amazing star-filled nights
- Animal sightings: deer, javelina, roadrunners, and rabbits, no bears or mountain lions though!
- Exploring the unusual Terlingua Ghost Town and a fun dinner with Christmas bluegrass at the Starlight Theatre
- Impressive Fort Davis National Historic Site on the way to New Mexico
- And since we were in the neighborhood (meaning only 5 hours away) a quick trip to the awe-inspiring Carlsbad Caverns National Park before heading home
[Miles and Miles of Texas]
[Monahans Sand Hills]
[Chisos Basin, Big Bend]
[Window Trail Pouroff - Matt's Favorite]
[Boquillas Canyon Trail - My Favorite]
[Carlsbad, New Mexico]
Be sure to add Big Bend to your list of places to visit soon - it's just ten quick hours from DFW. ;)