It's an interesting drive, lots of nothing but scenery and a few scattered towns here and there.
We spent Friday night at a brand new KOA (right behind a Camping World) in Anthony, New Mexico (just barely north of El Paso). It was huge (long and wide) and since it's new, basically a parking lot in the desert with huge mostly pull thru sites. No ammenities at this time, except for a great dog walk/yard, but full hook ups. Only half of it has been put into service.
We had been warned to avoid El Paso if we possibly could, due to road construction. So we unhooked the trailer at the camp ground, and drove to dinner and to get fuel and drove our route through the city to see if it would be okay with the trailer the next morning. It was no worse than any other larger city we've driven through, and since we would be leaving at the (as my so articulate daughter puts it) butt-crack of dawn, we thought we'd have no problem. We were correct, we sailed right through, and headed south to Big Bend National Park.
We discovered that Big Bend National Park is in the middle of NO WHERE!!! We thought we lived in the middle of nowhere, but we're in a very populated area compared to this part of Texas. Towns with single or double digit populations and NO businesses. Ranches truly in the middle of nowhere hundreds of miles from the nearest store, post office, etc. NO Walmart or Golden Corral, LOLOL.
We did see a lot of beautiful scenery, lots of hills and mountains, lots of flat land, lots of desert, LOL. We also saw some interesting sights. . .
Rather than staying in the National Park itself (no hook-ups and we're spoiled, LOL) we chose to stay just to the North West of the park in Lajitas, TX. There is a "general store" (we didn't go inside, but from the outside it looks like the general stores from Little House on the Prairie). It does have fuel with the next closest fuel being 50 miles away. . . So we stayed at Maverick RV Park and Resort. This Resort is a REAL golfing resort place, with hotel, condos, houses to rent, as well as the RV park. A very nice looking golf course (we don't play golf). There is a huge controversy over this resort, as the "locals" and "National Park preservists" resent having this land cut up and made into a golf course resort etc. It's a nice RV park, has a pool and RV park people can use the resort facilities, also, which include a spa, amphitheater, bakery, golf course, boardwalk shops/art gallery, Christmas World shop, cafe, Thirsty Goat Saloon, Equestrian Center, Fitness Center, theatre, chapel, Ballroom, Golf shop, and Gun and Saddle Shop. It might be a great place to "snow bird" to, as long as you don't need anything "big store" wise.
Finally the sign for Lajitas. . . and then. . . Maverick Ranch
The following pictures are various pictures of our RV site, getting set up and the various views from the RV. I'd love to return here some day and have this exact same campsite.
Just pulled into the campsite, not set up yet.
The first 3 days we were here it rained, non stop. . . (I thought there was no rain in the desert???) So we stayed in camp and relaxed, I worked on canes (got a few finished and a BUNCH started, but realized I needed more black polymer clay than I brought, so I had to order some to have shipped here. . . and then the "adventure" began. . . and I don't mean adventure in a positive note. . . sigh