Into West Texas

5 05 2020

Canyons RV Park, Sanderson, TX

Departing Uvalde, we’re headed to Sanderson, TX and Canyon RV Park. We’ve traveled through Sanderson several times on our way in or out of Big Bend National Park. In the past we’re always decided that Canyon RV wasn’t for us. Located between the highway and railroad tracks, the park looked old and rundown and received fairly bad reviews. But, hoping for the best, we decide we’ll try it, or – if things don’t look good, continue to Ft. Stockton.

On a weather note, somewhere between Uvalde and Sanderson we cross through the “dry line”. Humidity this morning in Uvalde was 100%, this afternoon in Sanderson it’s 20%!

The Texas Dry Line

Pulling into Canyon RV, we’re surprised by the bad reviews and what we remember as a “do not stop” park. Sites are wide, level and graveled. Several of these sites have large pine trees on opposite sides providing some welcome shade from the late afternoon sun. Concrete utilities islands are designed for 50A usage on one side and 30A usage on the other side in “back to back” configurations. However, the park isn’t nearly full enough to require any back to back parking and in fact, we’re the only overnight guest. There are another half-dozen or so longer term residents including a FEMA team working onsite. Rates are $30, cash or check only, and deposited in the “Piggy” mailbox. We didn’t try it, but reports are that the new fiber install in town has boosted WiFi to stream-able speeds. New owners are making tremendous headway in changing this to a great stopover park for Big Bend visitors or those escaping the heat of the Texas Hill country or the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Thanks Kevin, we’ll be back!

Departing Sanderson, the original plan was to head north on 285 to join I-10 at Ft. Stockton for an overnight in Van Horn. However, we decide on the much more scenic drive across highway 90 through Marathon, Alpine and Marfa. notes a low tunnel on the west side of Marfa at 13’11”. Arriving at the railroad bridge, the signs note only a 13’7” clearance, making it way too close to what we believe is a 13’6” trailer. After a bit of careful backup work, and directing blocked traffic around us, we head back into Marfa determined to find an alternate route. As it turns out, there is an easy route to avoid this low bridge. Approaching from the east, turn south on 11th street to Murphy Ave west. Follow Murphy to the West Mosley Loop and rejoin the highway just beyond the low bridge. Voila, problem solved!

Alpine, TX

In Van Horn, we’re parked at the familiar Van Horn (former KOA) park in site E8. From here we’re headed to Alamogordo, more from there…

Van Horn RV Park

South toward Big Bend NP

20 03 2017

After departing Ft. Davis we’ve made the short (24 mile) trip to Alpine, TX and are parked in sites #C9 & #C10 at the Lost Alaskan RV park.  We’ve passed through Alpine several times on our trips to SW Texas and have always admired the Lost Alaskan.  Set on a very wooded plot of land just north of town, the park offers about 100 sites, nearly each with a nice tall pine tree.  With a fairly good sized Porters Thriftway grocery store nearby, this is a good resupply stop before heading into Big Bend National Park.  We’ll spend two nights here and then make our way further south to Maverick Ranch RV Park in the resort town of Lajitas.

We first stayed at the golf resort at Lajitas back in 2007 when we visited the Virtuoso accredited property.  We again visited in 2013 when we stayed at the RV park.  Popular with Winter Texans and during Terlingua Chili Cookoff in November each year, the Resort is also a great stop before proceeding into Big Bend National Park.  There’s adequate T-Mobile service along with good WiFi coverage at the resort.  Sites are large, with a small, sometimes sparse grass patch and concrete patio.  There’s also a nice clubhouse and pool facility, something that we made use of each afternoon as the temps pushed toward 100.

With completely off-the-grid camping in Big Bend we opt to stay a 2nd night at Lajitas, looking forward to a cool front that promises daytime temperatures in the 70’s instead of the 90’s.  More from Big Bend…