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post #1 of 10 Old 10-28-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Has any one visited the Big Bend area recently. I heard the Boqillas crossing is now open after being closed for years.
I am looking for a window to take my next trip to that area including a night stay at the Gage Hotel in Marathon and then a trip into Old Mexico to Boquillas.
The last time I visited the area was in 2002.

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-28-2013, 09:02 PM
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I haven't been in about three years but the crossing was not open as I recall.

What a great ride destination!

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-28-2013, 10:20 PM
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I picked up a travel guide this summer at a texas tourism site in amarillo and it says the crossing has reopened. I would call the park and visit with them about it.
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I was in Big Bend this past July and the Boquillas crossing was open.


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post #5 of 10 Old 10-29-2013, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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That trip is number one on my list of things to do. I want to spend some time there and think about moving there now that I am mostly retired. I keep seeing posts from Voni Glaves about the area and think these are my kind of people.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-29-2013, 04:41 PM
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I have ridden to the Big Bend area about six times over the last 20 years or so from the Dallas area. I consider it to be a great ride, the area is almost magical in it's remoteness and quirky residents.

I typically ride to San Angelo, TX to first day out. That's about 250 miles for me. I take all back roads. Langtry is an interesting stop if you like Judge Roy Bean. You can plan on at least another 300 miles getting from San Angelo to Marathon, TX.

I have stayed at the Gage Hotel in Marathon a couple of times. Pricey, but cool. It's not that much further into Alpine, TX. Last time I stayed at the Gage we had a nice room but I remember a train passing across the street about once every two hours all night long. The White Buffalo Bar at the Gage is a cool stop.

It's about 100 miles from Marathon into the park itself. Gas is available in the park (Panther Junction) but when in the Big Bend area you should get in the habit of not passing up gas stops. The park is big; you might ride 60-75 miles inside the park. There is lodging in the park but if you go at a popular time they will be booked up. Pitching a tent is good.

There is lodging at Study Butte, Terlingua, Lajitas. I have stayed at the Chisos Mining Company more than once. Very basic lodging but more than adequate. Do not miss the opportunity to tour Terlingua and visit some of the local watering holes.

When leaving (or approaching the park) be sure to take Highway 170, The River Road. 170 goes from Study Butte northwest through Terlingua, Lajitas along the Rio Grande. It has got to be in the top three roads to ride in Texas.

From Presidio I head north toward Marfa and Fort Davis. There is lodging and gas in both of these towns.

I may be able to answer other questions. Let me know if you need help.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-29-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Nice to know the park is still in good shape. I used to visit the old hot springs, hopefully it is still accessible. I always made a stop at La Kiva too. I can't wait for the next opportunity to get down there.

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-31-2013, 04:15 PM
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I just got back from a week in Big Bend about noon today. Boquillas crossing is open but we didn't go over(I think you need a passport). We rode The River road and The Old Ore road (watch out for the sand). If you go, you may want to go to Black Gap WMA state park(right beside it) and ride The River road(Maravillas Canyon) and Horse Canyon in that park. You will need to get a "limited public use permit"( for the state park) before you get there(they don't sell them there). It was awesome, but my fork seals were leaking bad before we got out. Also, it would be a good idea to have someone with you. It gets pretty rough in places. The guys at Stillwell store were a big help to. If you don't like rough dirt roads that can test you and get down right dangerous, you may not want to ride the roads I mentioned but it is beautiful and definitely worth the trip. Another word of caution--We rode for hours and never saw another human on all of these roads. So prepare, prepare, prepare and beware.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-31-2013, 07:51 PM
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+1 on the river road but be sure to hit ft davis, do the loop and stop to check out the observatory.

ft davis loop is my favorite ride in the area, especially if it's a warmer time of year. it's cooler up there.

there's a grocery store/eatery in ft davis, too, that's pretty neat with some good eats. i can't remember the name of it....

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And if you decide to go ride 171 along the Rio,
don't get carried away (GREAT road!)
Seems to me that the road would kink right or left on the other side of small hills or rises,
so that as soon as you topped a hill, it would dive to one side or the other

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