Eat: All meals – Creekside Cafe (we ate breakfast and dinner there; they also provide sack lunches perfect for days spent hiking in the park)
Eat: Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse (49 beers on tap as well as unique pizza toppings such as elk and reindeer – need we say more?)
Do: Any shuttle bus ride into the park (we opted for an early morning ride to Eielson Visitor Center – 66 miles into the park – wonderful views of Mt. McKinley, weather permitting). Great wildlife viewing opportunities the entire trip. Note: Our bus driver Craig L. was a fantastic tour guide.
Do: Eielson Alpine Trail (1.6 miles; 1,100 ft elevation gain) and Savage Alpine Trail (4 miles; 1,500 ft gain). Both hikes are well worth the challenge for their spectacular vistas of the park).
See: Sled dog demonstration (3 times per day, free of charge). Meet the dogs and rangers who patrol the park in the winter.
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- Happy National Trails day 2023!04.04.23 : Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… In order to get to Mariscal Canyon, one of the most remote areas of the park, we had to drive 29 miles each way on “primitive dirt roads. Our big red truck opened up tons of new experiences in Big Bend.04.03.23 : Views from the top. We hiked the 10-mile round trip from Chisos Basin to the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in Big Bend. First pic is looking south over the South Rim toward Mexico, second one is looking north into Chisos Basin with Casa Grande Peak at the right.04.03.23 : Looking out through the V-shaped “Window” of Chisos Basin. We were on our way to the summit of Emory Peak along the Pinnacles Trail.04.03.23 : More sunrise scenes from our shipping container home Airbnb in Terlingua.04.03.23 : Waking up to sunrise over the Chisos Mountains and also my favorite desert plant, the ocotillo.
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