Wednesday February 6 Through Wednesday February 13, 2019
A map in the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, one of three Big Bend Ranch State Park visitor centers, showed the Lajitas development property shaded in similar to what was done with Photoshop to the PDF version of the Texas State Parks Big Bend Ranch State Park Discovery Map shown above using yellow highlighter. Just estimating, the Lajitas property seems to be on the order of 2 to 3 square miles or 1,200 to 1,900 acres. That is pretty big.
The Maverick Ranch RV Park Map makes it look like the RV spaces are all on top of each other. That is not the case. In the pull-through spots, RV parking is sort of back to back. That is, two rigs are close together on their street sides and they share a common utility pole for electric and water. Sewer connections for each are away from the utility pole. On the curb side of each rig is about 40 feet to the next rig over. Assuming RVers live on the curb side of their rig as is customary, this provides the feel of spaciousness similar to that found in better state parks.
Reviews said this park had terrible WIFI. That was not our experience. In previous years, AT&T mobile service in the area was 4G, then LTE. This year, AT&T service was 3G extended from Lajitas into Big Bend National Park. Data transmission speeds were pathetic. This is the first year for Verizon phones. There was zero ZERO Verizon signal. Maybe next year will be better?
The Lajitas General Store (and Gas Station) has a grocery store in the back and a deli in the front. They make really good box lunches for those long day-trip outings like driving into Big Bend Ranch State Park. Their sandwich meats and breads are top notch. Like all stores in the area, prices are high. Gas in Del Rio was running $1.979 and in Lajitas $3.590 per gallon. Fuel at the Alon Station in Study Butte 30 miles from Lajitas was $2.559. Just keep telling yourself “Location, location, location.”
One of the seven days it rained. The other days were sunny and mostly clear. Cold mornings and warm afternoons.
Great sunsets. When the February sun goes down, it cools rapidly.
Last fall, the area had higher than normal rains, a requirement for splendid bluebonnet displays. February is spring here in the desert.
Another sign of spring are the yucca blooms. My first time seeing them.
Lajitas has a mayor named Clay Henry. Clay Henry is a goat. In fact, he is the third goat mayor of Lajitas. It doesn’t make sense. This is Big Bend. It doesn’t have to make sense.
The RV park has a large dog run. The dogs really loved it. But for hikers, the dirt roads are the thing. According to the park manager, hikers can go anywhere the roads go unless the roads are marked otherwise. That would be pretty much all the above pink highlighted roads.
In general, the further north the road, the higher elevation it has and the better views it affords.
Since there are a number of seasonal residents, there are activities but not so many that it feels over orchestrated.
There are at least two other decent grocery stores in the area. The one in Study Butte is called Cotton Wood on TX-118 on the way into Big Bend National Park.
The other is Porters in Presidio, a minimum two hour round trip through the scenic FM-170 that winds and wanders along the Rio Grande River. Warning: FM-170 has 15% grades and very sharp turns. Not big rig friendly. On the other hand, FM-170 is one of America’s most scenic drives.
We arrived at Maverick Ranch RV Park on Wednesday. Thursday we stopped in at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center to refresh our Big Bend Ranch State Park map collection. Two of our most important BBRSP maps needed refreshing. We drove into Big Bend Ranch State Park on Friday (see following blog post). Saturday we went to the Cottonwood Grocery store in Study Butte. We spent Sunday in the park. Monday we drove to Presidio for groceries at Porters. Tuesday we stayed in place and packed up our campsite. Wednesday we left for Big Bend National Park.
This is one comfortable private RV park. We will be back.
Hope to see you on the road ahead!