Saturday, March 3, 2018

Big Bend National Park ~~ Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive & Santa Elena Canyon

Since our days were numbered in Big Bend, we had to get in as much sight seeing as possible, so the next day we took off again, this time driving the 30 mile Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to Santa Elena Canyon. Our first stop was Homer Wilson Ranch. It's a long way down to the actual ranch, and I did not walk down there. The ranch was abandoned in 1945. There is a foreman's house, bunkhouse, corral, and a dipping vat for sheep and goats.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Big Bend National Park ~~ Boquillas Canyon & Chisos Mountains

Our first stop in Big Bend was at Panther Junction Visitor Center, which is the park's headquarters and the major visitor center with lots of exhibits and a film about the park. The film was great, narrated by Peter Coyote, telling about the park and how it came to exist. Big Bend lies in the northern part of the Chihuahuan Desert, one of North America's four major deserts. It also hosts the Chisos Mountains, which is the only mountain range to exist solely within a national park.