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Old 05-18-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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How is Big Bend in January and February? I guess crowds if it is the high season, if Big Bend can be crowded.
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So Alan or someone, how is Big Bend in January and February? I guess crowds if it is the high season, if Big Bend can be crowded.
Cathy, Big Bend has highs on the 60's and lows around 40 during the months you asked about. But, elevation changes that. So, if you're camped in Chisos Basin rather than down by the Rio Grande, expect it to be at least 10 degrees colder. As for crowds, you will probably have no issues in those months, but it's a little more crowded in November, December, and March/April - at least in my experience. We actually prefer that time of year (Jan/Feb), because there's no need for AC and you have a better choice of campsites. A daytime hike is very pleasant too when the high is only around 62-65. Do pack some good coats however. It gets chilly at night in the desert.
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Oh and PS - we are talking averages. During the winter in Big Bend, I've seen it as cold as 30 and as hot as 84.
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Cathy, Big Bend has highs on the 60's and lows around 40 during the months you asked about. But, elevation changes that. So, if you're camped in Chisos Basin rather than down by the Rio Grande, expect it to be at least 10 degrees colder. As for crowds, you will have zero issues in the winter. We actually prefer that time of year, because there's no need for AC and you have a better choice of campsites. A daytime hike is very pleasant too when the high is only around 62-65. Do pack some good coats however. It gets chilly at night in the desert.
Only up to 20' recommended at Chisos and figure we would be down lower. You mean highs of 60's at Chisos, I guess, so I expect warmer lower at the other campground.

I thought that it would be crowded. Good to hear that that is not so.

There are so many sights and towns to see around there that I hardly think we can do half of it.

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Only up to 20' recommended at Chisos and figure we would be down lower. You mean highs of 60's at Chisos, I guess, so I expect warmer lower at the other campground.

I expected that it would be crowded. Good to hear that that is not so.
You can camp at Chisos in a 21. But, there aren't that many campsites suitable for that length. Try to find one of the pull through "half circle" spots. Plenty of room for a 21. The road in does have some hairpin turns, but you'll make it. Just be cautious. The crowds in our experience aren't that bad in January or February, but do make reservations.

60's is the average all over the park, which is mostly lower than Chisos. Chisos Basin will be colder - so expect maybe 5 degrees colder for every 1000 foot rise in elevation.
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By "Chisos" I assume y'all mean the Basin campground...or is there another one called Chisos? (It's the Chisos mtn range, I know.)

Like winter in the rest of Texas, anything's possible in January/February, including ice...
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[QUOTE=Mary F;198015]By "Chisos" I assume y'all mean the Basin campground...or is there another one called Chisos? (It's the Chisos mtn range, I know.)

Like winter in the rest of Texas, anything's possible in January/February, including ice...[/QUOTE

Yes, it is called Chisos Basin Campground.

This past winter was actually very hot at the lower elevations from what I read.
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You can camp at Chisos in a 21. But, there aren't that many campsites suitable for that length. Try to find one of the pull through "half circle" spots. Plenty of room for a 21. The road in does have some hairpin turns, but you'll make it. Just be cautious. The crowds in our experience aren't that bad in January or February, but do make reservations.

60's is the average all over the park, which is mostly lower than Chisos. Chisos Basin will be colder - so expect maybe 5 degrees colder for every 1000 foot rise in elevation.
Well, a pull-through would work then if we go up there. We will check it out for sure. Thanks. Apparently they take reservations only within six months.
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Only up to 20' recommended at Chisos and figure we would be down lower. You mean highs of 60's at Chisos, I guess, so I expect warmer lower at the other campground.

I thought that it would be crowded. Good to hear that that is not so.

There are so many sights and towns to see around there that I hardly think we can do half of it.

Pat, come on over!
Cathy you thinking Jan . , Feb at lower elevation ? Pat
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