Saturday, January 12, 2013

Big Bend Motor Inn RV Park

While in the Big Bend area, Donna and I stayed at Big Bend Motor Inn RV Park. There aren't many choices for any type of lodging in the Big Bend area; you have to remember where you are and make do with what is available.

Big Bend Motor Inn is actually a complex located at the intersection of highways 118 (which runs south from Alpine) and 170 (which follows the river down from the Presidio area). It consists of a motel, convenience store, cafe, gas pumps, laundromat, RV park, and cabins. Reservations are handled through Big Bend Resort and Adventures. A word of caution should you make reservations here. Be sure to stipulate the location at Highways 118/170 as the service also handles reservations for a campground at Rio Grande Village inside the park.

The entire park is dirt surface with a few scant patches of grass at some sites. It gets really nasty when it rains. Admittedly, that is a very rare occurrence, but we did get snow during our stay. I was surprised, though, that we had a nice tree at our site. Each site has full hookups and a picnic table. Cable TV with about 10 channels is available, and I found that WiFi worked very well in site 01, where we were located.

Site 01

The RV park provides showers and restrooms, but I did not even venture into them. At check-in, I was told that the showers were coin operated and open to the public. We watched day after day as a stream of tourists used the facilities.

Restrooms/showers and motel rooms near our site, with Bee Mountain in the background
This RV park reminded me some of the RV park where we stayed in Moah, Utah. This is a place for outdoor adventurers. Every day, people set out early in the morning for hiking, desert driving in jeeps, and motorcycle riding, and returned later in the day after exploring the area. It's a busy place.

Pull-thru RV sites with cabins in background. During hot, dry, and windy days, the area can be dusty.

The laundromat is used by local residents, so it is busy, and many machines do not work. We also noted several tourists coming in simply to use the restroom as a place to clean up some.

Cafe and convenience store, with gas pumps out front

As you would expect, prices everywhere in the area are high. Gasoline was going for about $3.70 a gallon at a time when it was $3.04 in San Angelo. Grocery items, propane, and just about everything else is priced higher than usual. Terlingua is isolated, and it costs to ship goods down there.

Although we came across a more attractive RV park in Lajitas (Maverick Ranch RV Park), we were satisfied with our decision to stay at Big Bend Motor Inn RV Park. First of all, it is located in a place with more amenities. Gasoline, propane, and groceries were readily available in our immediate area, and there were numerous eateries within a mile or two of our location. And since our purpose in coming to the area was to explore the national park, we were more conveniently located to it.

Yes, the park was dusty and facilities were not up to par with what you will find in more populated areas, but you have to remember where you area. For us, this park worked fine.

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