Hot Springs & Closed Canyon

For our last day in Big Bend we decided to wake up extra early so that we could get to the hot springs as the sun was coming up and hopefully not have to share it with too many people.

The drive there was a little frightening between the pitch black, fog, and quite literally, the tens of animals running in front of us I was a nervous wreck! I stopped counting at 25 rabbits and 2 coyotes! But we made it safely to the trail head just as the sun was coming up over the mountains!

The morning air in the dessert was cold so, it felt so good to get into the hot springs! The view from the hot springs was so peaceful and the sound of the Rio Grande rushing by was quite calming. Great way to start out our last day! We also made a point to jump into the Rio Grande! Check out our faces! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

On our way back to camp we stopped at a cute little coffee shop in Terlingua’s Ghost Town. Taylor would not stop talking about how good his breakfast was and my tea was great!

Before our long drive home we knew we wanted to take the dogs on one last hike! Since dogs aren’t allowed anywhere in the National Park we headed to the State Park. The dog friendly trail we chose was called Closed Canyon Trail.

This trail turned out to be one of my favorites but,that might have been because my favorite hiking buddies were with us! They make everything much more fun!

The trail started with a steep decent into the base of the canyon. While I’m not really a proponent of having dogs off leash on trail I typically have to unhook Gonzo when we are going downhill because he pulls so much and I don’t want to be pulled down the trail. Luckily, he comes when called so it’s no problem.

However, I don’t usually let him off leash when we first start a trail and when people are around. Can you see where this story is going? Combined with Gonzo’s excitement to be trail boss and the steep, rocky incline down into the canyon I ended up losing my footing. I fell directly into a cactus; lovely. Luckily, I ended up with only a couple of gashes on my hands and arms and one on my leg. The worst part was the 2 inch needle stuck a half inch into my hand. Taylor had to pull it out because I couldn’t bring myself to do it! He couldn’t believe how far in it had gone in! Ouch!!!! Love you Gonzo!

Anyway, the rest of the decent went smoothly and we made it the base of the canyon! From there we had beautiful high stone walls on either side of us so we let all the dogs off leash! They had the best time! We even got to do a little boulder climbing and had to squeeze through some very narrow passage ways! The dogs at one point had to sit on our laps as we slid down rocks! Taylor and I even had to use our team work skills to drop the dogs down into a few sections and lift them up into a few others! We had so much fun and of course the dogs did amazing! We were so impressed with our foster, Astro! He actually ended up being the best rock climber of them all! He was leading Sophie and Gonzo through all the technical work; a real natural. Not too many pictures as we needed both of our hands for the majority of the hike! On another note, I would highly recommend this trail in the summer as it’s completely shaded!

Here’s a video from the day. Please excuse my annoying dog mom voice.

We made our way safely out of the canyon and went back to camp to pack up! We left in the early afternoon and made it to the Walmart in Kerrville that night.

We can’t wait to go back to Big Bend! A wonderful place with an eclectic group of locals! We feel like we barely scratched the surface in all this place has to offer and I have developed a deep appreciation for the desert. Don’t get me wrong I still love my pine trees and crystal clear blue rivers but, there is something to be said about the feeling you get when you are in the desert. It’s indescribable.

Until next time Big Bend ✌🏼

” You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst.”

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