Big Bend National Park Trip in our RV Camper Van

We headed out in January for a week long trip to visit Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas along the Rio Grande River. We made a few stops along the way, including Granbury, San Angelo, Del Rio, and Marathon, TX. The camper van did great, and the diesel parking heater got a good workout during colder than expected temperatures. The low at night was 20 degrees. This is an abbreviated post with mostly trip photos. Enjoy!

The WanderVan at the San Angelo, TX Museum of Fine Arts
The WanderVan at the San Angelo, TX Museum of Fine Arts
Crossing the Pecos River
Crossing the Pecos River
Entering Big Bend National Park from the north via Marathon, TX
Entering Big Bend National Park from the north via Marathon, TX
Our campsite in the Cottonwood Campground beside the Rio Grande
Our campsite in the Cottonwood Campground beside the Rio Grande
Hiking in Big Bend National Park
Hiking in Big Bend National Park
Opuntia macrocentra - purple prickly pear cactus
Opuntia macrocentra – purple prickly pear cactus
Breakfast in the WanderVan
Breakfast in the WanderVan
Hiking in Boquillas Canyon at the east end of the park
Hiking in Boquillas Canyon at the east end of the park
Hiking in the Chisos Basin in Big Bend, elevation above 5,000 ft
Hiking in the Chisos Basin in Big Bend, elevation above 5,000 ft
"The Window" as seen from the Chisos Basin area in Big Bend NP
“The Window” as seen from the Chisos Basin area in Big Bend NP
Enjoying the desert flora and fauna in Big Bend National Park
Enjoying the desert flora and fauna in Big Bend National Park
The Milky Way over Cottonwood Campground in Big Bend National Park
The Milky Way over Cottonwood Campground in Big Bend National Park
Hiking into Santa Elena Canyon at the west end of Big Bend, one of or favorite hikes
Hiking into Santa Elena Canyon at the west end of Big Bend, one of or favorite hikes
Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park
Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park
Ranch house ruins in southern Big Bend NP
Ranch house ruins in southern Big Bend NP
Burro Mesa Pouroff in Big Bend National Park
Burro Mesa Pouroff in Big Bend National Park
Overlooking the Rio Grande in Big Bend NP
Overlooking the Rio Grande in Big Bend NP
A Vist to Fort Davis National Historic Site as we head home
A visit to Fort Davis National Historic Site as we head home

By the Numbers:

1816Total miles driven on our trip
7Number of days on the trip
259Average miles driven per day
16.5Overall average miles per gallon fuel economy
4Average number of days between emptying waste tanks and refilling fresh water tank
7Number of days our diesel parking heater was used, averaging about 5 hours each morning those days, and using about 0.1 gallons per night (30 total run hours using 0.7 gallons diesel fuel total for the trip).
$31Average daily fuel (gasoline) cost
$8Average nightly cost to camp or park for the night

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