It was Jeffs turn to plan our day.
We left Homey at 8am and took the long drive to Rio Grande Village..
Texas Bluebonnets lined the drive..
I don’t see them while hiking.
Big Bend bluebonnet, Big Bend lupine,
We arrived at Rio Grande Village and did a little birding around the campground and trail head.
It was the beginning of a very hot day.
Hot Springs Canyon Trail
Difficulty: Moderate; Distance: 6 miles round trip
Begin at Daniel's Ranch or Hot Springs
This 3 mile trail (either direction) connects Daniel's Ranch and the Hot Springs. In places, it runs close to the river; in other areas along the rim of Hot Springs Canyon. This trail offers beautiful views of the Rio Grande, Chisos Mountains, and Del Carmen Mountains. No shade makes this trail a challenge in summer heat.
There is absolutely no where to get a break from the hot sun.
Be prepared and bring plenty of water.
The hike starts with an uphill climb.
I sure hope we are around to see it..
We go through some very rugged rocky areas..
As we gain more elevation we get bigger views of the Rio Grande.
below view looking east..
Remember do not take ANY relics, rocks, plant life from the park..there is a large fine.
I thought we would hiking along the Rio Grande River with views the entire time of the river.
Most of this hike is not on the river ….it does go thru some very interesting and beautiful terrain.
ok..well, most of this trail is through rocks..
so..you see the terrain changes with size of rocks and the plants that grow there.
Its very hot..with no clouds in sight. If you don’t like hiking in heat ..I suggest going on a cloudy cooler day.
I try to take my mind off of the heat and take photos of the wildflowers we pass.
This one was particularly beautiful and we only saw one of these..
Did I mention it was hot?
Any idea what bird this belongs to?
Right now the thought of a hot springs doesn’t sound refreshing.
see the green area left center of the photo below..
Make it be real…I need some relief from the heat.
Oh..it looks real..
Thank goodness! I admit..I am a whimp in the heat.
Mexico on the opposite side..
I mean..very hot rocks!
I know I will soon be down there soaking and cooling..
Nautilus fossil ~a stepping stone on the trail.
We made it!
(yes… you can actually drive to the hot springs and walk a short quarter of a mile to the springs..if you don’t want to do the three mile hike to and from Rio Grande Village~I do recommend the long hike for those who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery)
Ahhhhhh…the shade was wonderful..
Via Wild Texas
The springs are the largest of several isolated hot springs found along this section of the river. In 1909, J. Oscar Langford and his family moved to the Hot Springs area of Big Bend to establish a health spa centered around these springs. Park literature indicates that prior to Langford settling in the area, Indians fashioned a natural stone "bathtub" out of a fissure in the rock. Indian activity in the area is evidenced by pictographs painted on the limestone cliff near the springs. In 1909, Langford improved the hot spring's appeal by hiring a stonemason to build a bathhouse over the springs.
After leaving the area due to border unrest in 1916, Langford returned in 1927 and had a motel and combined post office/trading post built for his guests. The bathhouse was seriously damaged in 1932 by a 23' flood surge on the Rio Grande, and a subsequent flood in 1938 left only the foundation remaining. With the exception of the bathhouse, which was never rebuilt, all of the other Langford structures are still standing and accessible within a short walk of the parking lot.
I went to get a closer look and saw the shrub had flowers..
No swallows were present..
I suppose they haven't arrived from down south yet.
Here I am soaking in 105 degree hot water..you would think It would be too hot after hiking in 80 degree weather..but it felt wonderful.
I brought bathing gear to change into but decided to soak in my hiking clothes so that the return trip..( which I was not looking forward to in this heat) would be cooler with wet clothes..
After a half hour soak..
We packed up and hit the dusty trail….
The hike back was grueling in the heat..
For some of you I may sound like a real whiner..and I guess the heat makes me whine..
I was melting..I wasn't the only one..
This butterfly took shade in a tree..
yeah..me complaining again..
The glimpse of where we will cool off and have refreshments..
I started dreaming of popsicles..
While walking to our car, I passed a family of five eating popsicles….they looked so refreshing and delicious..
I just had to have one..but… I didn’t have one....
I had two..
and was watched by a friendly Roadrunner..
Next time I will bring a shade tree with me.