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May 2000

Big Bend Birding In Texas

The best bird window coincides with the best hiking season in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Getting There:

From Alpine on US 90, drive south on TX 118. Or from Marathon on US 90, drive south on US 385. Turn west on Basin Road and continue 7 miles to the South Rim trailhead.

Prime Time:

February through April.


Naturalist’s Big Bend, by Roland H. Wauer, (Texas A&M University Press, 800-826-8911; $13.95). Big Bend: The Official National Park Handbook, (National Park Service, 915-477-2251; $7.95). Both are available from Big Bend Natural History Association,

(915) 477-2236.


Big Bend National Park, (915) 477-2251;

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