What kind of camper are you—a car camper or a zone camper? What's the difference, and why should you care? Let's see a few pointers.
First off, car camping is when you drive to your base camp, set up your tent and campfire and whatnot, and then all your walks, hikes, and other activities are based from where you parked. Zone camping is a fancy way of saying backpacking. In other words, you camp for a couple of days or more, only taking with you what you can carry on your back.
First time and newer campers would probably prefer car camping. It's easier, since you can carry much more by way of supplies. You have more freedom in the kind and size of tent you want, and food and cooking supplies.
Backpacking, on the other hand, can be much more challenging, but it's not without its rewards. You do have to be light, efficient, and smart about what you pack. Obviously, a two-room tent, gas grill, a six-pack of beers, and 5 pounds of frozen meat would be out of the question.
But don't let anyone tell you that car camping isn't real camping, or that you're missing out. You can reach most areas of Big Bend from your base camp, either in you vehicle and/or on foot, or on a bike. And that way, you can at least come back to a nice campsite at the end of the day.
Burn Ban Sill in Effect
Speaking of camping supplies, remember that a burn ban is still in effect for the entire Big Bend Area. So roasting marshmallows over a big healthy bond fire would be out of the question. It would be best to pack accordingly. The Daily Report for today says that the fire threat is still moderate inside the park, so be careful all who are planning a trip this weekend.
Beautiful Photography from John Dale
Visit photographer John Dale's blog to find some outstanding photos of Big Bend. The starry skies and canyons especially capture the rugged, natural beauty of Texas, above and below. Any photographer that passes through Big Bend deserves our support, and even more so if they manage to come away with such charming and brilliant of snapshots of the Lone Star State.
There are some views you just can't take in all at once. Like a dazzling sunset or breathtaking field of wildflowers—you just can't appreciate such beauty in the moment, a moment that is often over before you realize it, the forms and colors of that marvelous vista already fading in your memory. Perhaps it was with the goal of preserving such scenes that the first camera was invented, a goal that you may still share when you visit a place as beautiful as Big Bend and the surrounding area. Why not take a look through our new and improved photo galleries to see what amazing sights have been preserved by astounded visitors and appreciative locals? When you see the mountains, plains, flora, and fauna displayed in those images, you'll be glad the gallery contributors took their camera along.
Among the many activities available in Big Bend National Park that highlight the region's diversity of wildlife, birding can be enjoyable and promising. Big Bend engulfs a vast area, bounded by the the rushing Rio Grande valley to the south, containing high peaks in the Chisos Mountains, and boasting both desert and forest climates between the two. It embodies the very diversity that makes America great, providing countless opportunities to spot more than 450 birds in one area.
What are your new year's resolutions for 2012? Did you keep your resolutions for 2011? While the top resolutions each year include losing weight, learning something new, traveling, or getting out of debt, here's a new challenge you can take on this year: spot all the bird species in Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend has some of the most spectacular scenery in Texas, if not the entire US. Our big sky country rivals any other state and our night skies are as dark as anywhere for excellent star gazing. The beautiful light and great scenery make for a photographer’s paradise.
There are many things you may love to do in Big Bend National Park in the heat of summer, but running or jogging is probably not one of them. With 90+ degree temperatures, there simply is no such thing as a nice July run in West Texas. With the dry weather we've had this year, you have truly hostile workout conditions. That all changes this time of year, though, as temperatures drop and the sun gives us a break for a few months. What a great time to get out on some trails in Big Bend!