Itís funny how your mind decides something without knowing all the facts. In 1957 I was stationed at
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, and made a trip across southern Texas to Laredo. It was through the
most flat, dry, hot, and barren land I ever saw. Because of that I assumed the Big Bend NP would be
the same. The only reason to stop at Big Bend was to check off another National Park.
Boy was I wrong! It is a beautiful large park with many mountains, basins, and desert plants. The park has only two real entrances, one in the north and one in the west. We found out that the southern entrance (across the Rio Grande on foot or by boat) is heavily traveled by illegal aliens and drug runners. Where ever we went we saw warning signs.
We came in the northern entrance and drove south 26 miles to the visitors center at Panther Junction, which is centrally located and the only one open in this off season. Then another 23 miles southeast to the 25 site RV campground at Rio Grande Village. It is the only CG in the park with hook-ups and the only one of two which can accommodate our size rig.
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