Adventures in the Big Bend

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In this fourth edition of Adventures in the Big Bend, Jim Glendinning offers the only general guidebook to the beautiful Big Bend region.

Described in this edition are six different national and state parks, eight adventures for the energetic visitor, and Detailed Mile-By-Mile Directions for five driving tours, including backcountry roads. Lodgings, restaurants, and events in fourteen different communities are also included.

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Overview

In this fourth edition of Adventures in the Big Bend, Jim Glendinning offers the only general guidebook to the beautiful Big Bend region.

Described in this edition are six different national and state parks, eight adventures for the energetic visitor, and Detailed Mile-By-Mile Directions for five driving tours, including backcountry roads. Lodgings, restaurants, and events in fourteen different communities are also included.

Learn where to book a luxury resort in the desert or a rustic cabin in the Davis Mountains, where to view world famous art or listen to cowboy poetry, dance under the stars, eat barbecue, raft the Rio Grande, or hike to 7,835 feet - the variety is enormous.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974504896
  • Publisher: Iron Mountain Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,373,408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps & Photographs xi

Introduction xiii

Part I The Big Bend 1

Big Bend National Park 1

Big Bend Ranch State Park 32

Fort Leaton State Historical Park 43

Barton Warnock Environmental Center 45

A Big Bend Anecdote-Remembrance 47

Part II Regional Attractions 53

Balmorhea State Park 53

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center 55

Prude Ranch 58

Davis Mountains State Park 60

Fort Davis National Historic Site 65

McDonald Observatory 68

Ranching, The Early Days-Retrospect 73

Part III Adventures 75

Hiking Through Time 75

Mexico-Just Across The River 77

Horseback Across the Rio Grande 82

Off-Road Self-Drive Driving Tours 84

Rafting The Rio Grande 86

Combination Tours-Hike, Bike, Paddle 89

Jeep Tours 91

Birding 93

Ranching Today-Ranching In The Big Bend 95

Part IV Scenic Routes 99

Big Bend & River Road Loop 99

Big Bend National Park Loop 106

Canyon & Border Loop 118

River Road-East To West 123

Davis Mountains Scenic Loop 128

Desert Survival-Desert Survival Basics 133

Part V Towns & Communities 139

Alpine 139

Balmorhea 164

Fort Davis 169

Fort Stockton 187

Lajitas on the Rio Grande 197

Marathon 204

Marfa 220

Monahans 247

Presidio 253

Sanderson 261

Study Butte 265

Terlingua Ghostown 271

Valentine 283

Van Horn 284

Part VI Big Bend Background 291

Top Ten Books on the Big Bend 291

Indian Tribes Of The Big Bend From 1535 293

Rocks Of The Big Bend 295

What Time Is It? 297

Photo Credits 298

General Index 301

Accommodations Index 306

Restaurant Index 309

Bar Index 312

Galleries Index 313

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