November 22nd, 2007 – by: scubagirl76
at the start of our hike! Boquillas del Carmen
From our campsite there is a trail that leads to the hot spring in the park and it is a 3 mile hike round trip. However, this is one of the few trails that can be approached from two directions. The second way is by following a dirt road right off of Panther Junction (PJ is the main road, that lead to our campsite), which puts you about a 1/2 a mile walking distance away from the spring. So, we took the cheater's way and went the second way, making it the shortest hike we went on for that very reason. Now in our defense we had full intentions of coming back to the spring the long way later with bathing suit and towels for a nice indulgent dip in the spring but, there just wasen't enough daylight hours to do everything we wanted.
the river @ Boquillas
The hike itself included seeing some old ruins, a canyon wall complete with pictographs, of course we saw the hot spring, and the river! Scenery wise this was one of the nicest hikes we did, we just wanted to stay and linger around for this one. We ended up having to go back to our campsite for dinner preparations though!
This was Thanksgiving day afterall, and we spent most of our afternoon cooking our meal. We went "hog wild" or should I say "turkey wild" with our meal. We had a fried turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted corn, salad, and of course finished off with pumpkin pie and smores! We started cooking at about 3:30 pm when we got back to our campsite and by the time we were done cooking and eating it was 6pm, and dark already. As well this was one of the coldest and windiest nights we endured so, sitting in the hot spring would not have been so bad had there not been an issue of eventually having to get out!
November 22nd, 2007 – by: scubagirl76
an old general store by the hot spring
Big Bend is all about hiking anywhere you go in the park you usually have to go on some hike trail to get to the real sites. Our first adventure this day was heading out to Boquilla del Carmen. This place was closest to our campsite, which is at the southeast part of the park. It was a 1.5 mile hike round trip. This is one of the sites where the river is so shallow and not very wide so, if it was not illegal to cross over to the Mexican side you could do it here! Apparently crossing over only became illegal in 2002 another thing which is illegal and they have signs about this, is buying things from Mexican nationals. This was way funny because along the hike we found products just lying there unattended with signs stating their cost! We also found a jar with a sign that said donate to the "singing Mexican Victor", at first we were perplexed about this but, when you get to the end of the hike there is literally a guy standing across the river serenading the hikers! The funniest part was when one of the guys (there was 2) got on his "burro" and crossed the river to come and collect the money from the jars, I think we may have witnessed some illegal crossing going on LOL!
Anyways, the hike itself is alongside the Rio Grande and the mountain range called Sierra del Carmen, it was very pretty sightseeing with the river lining one side and the mountain on the other.
start the hike up @ Boquillas
It was the 2nd shortest hike we did but, don't let the 1.5 miles fool you most hikes even short ones are a real workout at Big Bend. There is plenty of uphiking mostly due to the mountaineous topography of the land. None the less I recommend hiking there, otherwise you don't get to see the truly nice sites there since most of them cannot be reached by car. That being said, on our way to Boquillas del Carmen we did stop off at an overlook which provided us with some wonderful shots of both view and family. I don't remember the name of the overlook but, it's on the way to Boquillas so there's no way you could miss it!