Big Bend National Park Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
The chisos basin was by far my favorite place in the park, absolutly gorgeous scenery! This is the area where the lodge is located and it was so pretty next time we go, we are so staying there! From this area you also get the best shots of the window. The chisos basin also has the most hiking trail options. One such trail is the lost mine trail; this trail takes you about a 1000 ft. up the mountain, it is 6 miles round trip, and according to the brochure it's about a 6 hour hike. Which is precisely why we did not go on it :( By the time we arrived to the mountains we had approximatly 1&1/2 hours of daylight left so, we would have been hiking in the dark. This area is big time mountain lion country and they like to hunt at night so, for the sake of us or our kids not getting eaten we decided against this hike! Just one more reason to come back anyways! None the less you really don't need to hike here to appreciate it's beauty.
I can't even begin to tell you how often we pulled over for pictures just driving up the mountain! There are plenty of stopping points along the road (we din't just stop in the middle of the road) and I think we took advantage of every single one! The road however, is not recommended for trailers longer than 20 feet or RVs over 24 feet because of the sharp curves and steep grades (just FYI.)
This trail you will not find on a Big Bend map for sure! As a matter a fact when I inquired about this trail at the ranger office they tried to downplay it like it was not that amazing. They told us vaguely how to reach it we actually had to hunt for it but, the reason is that it's such a fragile environment the park service is really trying to protect it as much as they can. By limiting the number of visitors they do just that. So I'll do my part and not give such precise directions (not that any of my other directions were that precise!) The oak springs trail is about .5 miles long basically all this is is a a trail that leads to an oak tree by a small little spring, great photo ops here I took tons of pics of my girls on the tree, climbing the tree, by the tree, etc.
Cat tail falls always has water year round but, depending on the season sometimes it's more abundant.