Buddy Trip to Big Bend National Park – Day 1

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“Iconic Sign” Big Bend, 2019

Two friends and I began the weekend a day early to head on out to Big Bend National Park for a short camping trip. The drive started at 5 am because it takes several hours of driving to reach the park. We got there at about 2 pm and stopped by the Panther Junction Visitor Center to get a back-country permit for our next evening’s campsite, and then headed to our first trail: Grapevine Hills Trail.

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“Grapevine Hills Trail” Big Bend, 2019
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“Grapevine Hills Trail” Big Bend, 2019
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“Grapevine Hills Trail” Big Bend, 2019
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“Balanced Rock” Big Bend, 2019

The highlight of Grapevine Hills Trail is the balanced rock at the end. It’s very cool! This trail starts easy, but includes a little bit of scrambling up rocks and could be difficult for some people. I really enjoy these sections though, so I was loving it.

Next, we drove out to the eastern part of the park to the Boquillas Canyon Trail. This is another very short trail, but the canyon is gorgeous! The Rio Grande is amazing the way it cuts through the rock to form the canyon. Nature is awesome.

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“Boquillas Canyon” Big Bend, 2019
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“Cairn” Big Bend, 2019
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“Towards Boquillas Canyon” Big Bend, 2019

On the trail we came across this critter. I’ve never seen a millipede this big before! It was a little scary, I’m not ashamed to admit.

After the trail, we took a look at the Boquillas Overlook, where you can get a nice view of Mexico across the river.

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“Boquillas Canyon Overlook” Big Bend, 2019

After that we headed to camp to set up the tents and have dinner.

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“Camp Setup” Big Bend, 2019

The rib-eyes and cold beer really hit the spot! After a little bit of astrophotography, we crawled into the tents to get some rest. It was a great day!

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