On our second day in the park, Jackie begins the hike up Emory Peak via the Pinnacles trail. The day began with low clouds and drizzle. The climb up to Emory Peak is 4.5 miles.
Alan stands on the summit of Emory Peak in heavy clouds. Emory Peak is the highest peak at Big Bend and requires a 60 ft exposed scramble to reach the summit.
Jackie doing a down-climb of the summit block.
Jackie looks out over the east side of Emory Peak as the weather begins to clear.
Jackie arrives at the famous South Rim of the Chisos mountains.
Great views of the Big Bend desert, the Rio Grande, and Mexico. On some days views of 100 miles are possible.
Alan stands on the rim. The hike to the rim is 6.3 miles with about a 2000 ft climb via a very well maintained trail. Round-trip to the rim and back is 12.6 miles.
After the weather cleared, we finally get a great view of the southwest side of Emory Peak.
Jackie takes a break on the Laguna Meadow trail with the west face of Emory Peak in the background. This hike is best done as a loop hike and gives you a grand tour of the Chisos Mountains.
The next day we enjoyed some of the 200 miles of Jeep trails offered by Big Bend National Park. This shot was taken of the southeast side of the south rim near Juniper Canyon.
The Mexican town of Boquillas can be seen on the southeast side of the park near Rio Grande Village. At one time, you could take a ferry across the Rio Grande and visit the village; however, they have now closed the crossing due to increased homeland security. While a Houston criminal lawyer
may agree that increased security
is necessary to prevent crime and illegal border crossings, it still would have been nice to be able to take the ferry across.
Alan and Jackie
One could spend weeks at Big Bend and not see everything. It is the least visited national park which makes for fewer crowds. We enjoyed our Big Bend adventure and hope you do also!