Big Bend... My Favorite Off Road Trails
by Larry Morton
My Willys '53 M38A1 Jeep and me!
The Big Bend region is one of the most remote areas to explore, yet there are enough comfort amenities for just about anyone's taste.
I have camped out in the national park from the Rio Grande Village to the Chisos Mountain basin camp sites.
The basin area has a full service hotel, rental cabins and tent campsites available. I like the basin sites best because you can hike the mountain trails in any direction for days and still not see everything there.
I have explored the Big Bend (named after the significant bend in the Rio Grande River) in a 1974 International Scout II 4x4, a 1953 Willys M38A1 Jeep and a 1983 full-sized Ford Bronco 4x4.
Even though all of these vehicles were a blast on the trails the '53 M38A1 Jeep out-performed the others by a mile.
I love the unique wildlife and flora of the Chihuahuan Desert. This desert in the Big Bend region is very much alive and flourishing with beauty uncharacteristic of what we often think of in a "desert".
I hope to go back there in the near future. The drive is about 500 miles from my home...but the trip is well worth it.
Thanks for sharing your story and your pictures of Big Bend National Park with us. You’ve owned some impressive off road vehicles over the years. At the top of my “to do” list for 2011 is a trip to Big Bend National Park. You've only added fuel to my passion to go visit. Thanks and happy wheeling!
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