"Child Discovering Rain." Alpine Artwalk. I would like to thank all of those who stopped by our booth this weekend and made Artwalk, for us, such a success. We met so many nice folks who took the time to come by and share their time with us and we finally met quite a few FB friends in person. What a treat. I might add that now there are several of our photos of Big Bend National Park that have found good homes around the state of Texas. ... See MoreSee Less
My first time to Big Bend was with backpacking friends some years ago. We were coming from Round Rock heading south to BBNP, just north of Marathon when we approached a prairie rain storm to the east. I was driving and noticed a 'lightning hot spot' where a strike would occur about every 45 seconds (I counted). Passenger steered as I rolled the window down to attempt to capture the next strike. I tried about 5 shots. Didn't know I caught one until we got home several days later. Click on the link for the big size. Look to the right of the windmill... www.pbase.com/dwerbil/image/91974759/original.jpg... See MoreSee Less
Welcome to Event Registration! The following events are available for online registration by clicking below.
September 2014 Member Hikes
Saturday, September 27th, 8AM
Muskhog Spring Members Hike:
Muskhog Spring is an off-the-beaten path hike that will not be found in any park guide books. It offers a number of unique and interesting opportunities including some great marine fossils, an awesome spring with Native American grinding holes, and a historic settler's corral.
The hike is about 4-miles round trip and is moderate in difficulty. It is fairly level, but has several limestone pour offs that require a stair step motion to navigate. The stair steps are moderate with no actual climbing needed.
The hike starts several miles in from the northern part of the Old Ore Road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended (but not 4-wheel drive) and car-pooling will be encouraged.
Remember to bring water, good walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. A snack is also recommended.
Meet at 8:00 AM at the Panther Junction Visitor Center parking lot on September 27th. Car pooling and a caravan will start from there. Expect this hike to last a 1/2 day with travel times and hike.
NOTE: This hike is for current Friends of Big Bend Members or license plate holders ONLY. If you are not current please renew your membership prior to the hike.
Saturday, September 27th, 9AM
Members Hike: A second, easy walk will also be offered on this day for those who cannot do the more strenuous Muskhog Spring hike. This easier hike will start and leave from Panther Junction parking lot at 9AM. This hike will go to Dugout Wells with a ranger and focus on plant and animal desert dwellers. Expect the walk to be a 1/3 mile and the program to last 1-2 hours with travel.
You can register for either event by emailing Arlene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Public Lands Day
Friends of Big Bend will not be participating in National Public Lands Day in 2014.
Big Bend Ultra Run
The Friends of Big Bend will not be hosting the Big Bend Ultra Run in 2014. We thank you for your past support of our event, and look forward to providing you with a great race in the future!