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5 Days Exploring Big Bend National Park

5 days exploring Big Bend National Park and the surrounding western towns

by bonvoyagejackieAbout Me:Hi, I'm Jackie, creator of the blog Bon Voyage Jackie. I created my blog in 2018 to share my experience balancing working as a full-time professional with my love of travel. I work remotely, but keep a home-base in Baton Rouge, LA. My f... read more

North AmericaUnited States4 days / November 2021

Highs & Lows

Hiking the varied landscapes of Big Bend!

Not sure if we witnessed the Marfa lights... or just headlights

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    While I loved visiting the town of Alpine, the drive to Big Bend was a little further than my liking. We booked our accommodations in September for a trip in November. Next time, I would book earlier to have more options nearby. Terlingua and Marathon are the two closest towns, each located on opposite park entrances. Marathon has a few hotel and airbnb options. Terlingua is full of unique Airbnb and glamping options, like sleeping in a bubble tent under the stars.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Many areas of Big Bend are very remote and have limited cell service. I recommend downloading offline Google Maps to help with directions and also to have a physical map (you can pick one up in the park offices) just in case.

  • Packing tips?

    Be prepared! Big Bend Nation Park is very remote and cell service is limited. Pack you car and you hiking pack with plenty of water and emergency provisions, just in case you get stuck.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Not exactly nearby, the closest airport to Big Bend is 3.5 hours away in Midland, Texas. Major airlines Southwest, United and American Airlines all operate flights through Midland International Air & Space Port (Yes, that’s right, the Midland airport is also a space port. How cool is that?) Renting a car is a necessity for this trip. Big Bend National Park is huge! It took us about an hour’s drive from one side of the park to another.

  • Booking details?

    Book your accommodation well in advance. National parks are popular and options are limited. We waited until September to book accommodations for a large group of 8 and had to stay in Alpine, which was a 2 hour drive to some areas of the park. Airbnb has the most options. If you'd like to stay inside the park, there is a lodge near the Chisos Basin Visitor's center as well as many campsites.