The recent government shutdown has impacted national parks across the nation - and Big Bend National Park is no exception. According to the parks website, the park will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week as always. Note Big Bend Ranch State Park has not been affected by shutdown and a great place to visit!
Do to a reduction in services in the national park there is no camping allowed in the park - anywhere. They've also had to close a number of trails and suspend trash and toilet services. Unfortunately, the border crossing into Boquillas, Mexico has been closed as well -- significantly impacting their economy.
Good news: many popular trails are still open, trash & toilets are being scooped up and cleaned by a private group, the weather is awesome, the sunsets-sunrises are still breathtaking and local communities (e.g., Terlingua, Marathon, Alpine) need you to visit! Come on friends!
If you need additional info about the park and services don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Other News To say the bubbles have been a hit among visitors would be an understatement -- they've been a huge success and visitors are really diggin' the experience. Each bubble features a queen-size bed, full bath, coffee & tea station, small fridge, small seating area, outdoor seating and fire pit, bonus outdoor shower, private parking, AC-heat, WiFi, great star gazing and more. More info on our website -- see also Houston Chronicle article about bubbles, nice piece in Rare News Site, KVU ABC nightly news bit (video), and others.
Casa Coyote and Case Blanco are coming along nicely and will be ready by March. Reach out to us about more info and availability. They are/will book up fast so giddy up!
We are also excited to announce our Arroyo Campsite at Basecamp. We are installing a series of large, Lotus tents (pictured). These well-built and spacious tents will each have a queen-size bed, seating, sink, refrigerator, coffee + tea station, rugs throughout, outside fire pit with chairs and access to campsite bath house and more. These are scheduled to be available by March - shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
We are also building out approx 10, high-end camp sites to pitch your very own tent. Each camp site will have electricity, fire pit, chairs, USB ports, water and more ($75 a night). Campers will have access to a new bath house with showers, free towel service, toilets, place to wash dishes, free coffee area, sitting areas, private parking, and more. Yes, a little more pricey than your regular camp site but we are tricking these babies out! Scheduled to be available by March. Shoot us an email for more info.
Need help planning your trip? Ask Tony!
Whether you're coming to enjoy the wild, raw beauty of the Big Bend, or if you just want to kick back and enjoy the easy pace of Terlingua, he's got you covered. Ask Tony any questions you may have to make your trip the most memorable experience until your next (a free service offered by Basecamp). Tony and Basecamp Team is also putting the finishing touches a brand spanking new guide book all about Big Bend - you heard us. If you'd like to be notified when it becomes available click here!
As always, we appreciate all of you that have supported us, and allowed us to grow and bring so many amazing things to the Big Bend. We love it here, and we know you do, too. Please forward this newsletter to other folks who you think might be interested.
Peace out. Basecamp Team