Bowie, AZ – Feb 2017

Our destiny is clear: Get to Mesa (AZ) in plenty of time to set up and watch the Superbowl, with the New England Patriots facing off against the Atlanta Falcons. This is clearly a game I want both teams to win, being as we spent most of our lives in New England and have lived for the past 20 years just outside of Atlanta. And with a Falcons quarterback that is on fire – and from BC (that’s Boston College)! Still…

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The route from Big Bend takes you through Marathon and Marfa, TX, which is a quirky little town situated in the middle of, well, space. Not as quirky as we remembered it, but still a nice stop over. Some interesting sights along the way.

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Road out of Big Bend

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A little shopping perhaps?

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Did someone say craft beer?

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Camped for the night at the Tumble In in Marfa, TX

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Great meal with friends in Marfa at Stellina’s

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Prada Marfa

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We stopped at one of our favorite spots along the way, which is a “campsite” on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands in or near Bowie, AZ, in a place called Indian Bread Rocks. Aside from being really private (which we really like), it is also beautiful. Perfect, right? A lot of these pictures were taken from our campsite. Last night we just marveled at our great campsite and a beautiful sunset.

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Today I decided to go hike up into the foothills of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. The weather is perfect for a hike, maybe high 50’s or low 60’s, dry and sunny. Plus, it is the perfect time of year – no hunters and no rattlesnakes to worry about.

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A good chunk of hike on cow paths

The hike was a little bit over 4 miles (about 1,000 feet elevation gain), with some of it on a rough dirt road, a lot of it on (literally) cow paths, and a bunch of bush whacking up the sides of the hills.

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Back on the highway

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The scenes from this hike were not jaw-dropping, but just continually beautiful in subtle ways.  Sounds like code for you are about to be underwhelmed.  But really, what a beautiful area.

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Solar has replaced wind on this well pump

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Intended (between the bullet holes) to say caution- primitive road – not county maintained

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Onwards!

6 responses to “Bowie, AZ – Feb 2017

  1. Sorry, should have said a 26 ft. trailer 😦 This will be our first time out camping. We are actually renting the trailer for a couple of nights. If we like it we will probably get our own. We have 8 year old triplets and they are super excited to go! Also, thanks for the quick replies 🙂

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  2. Nice article and pictures 🙂 We are thinking of camping at Indian Bread Rocks with our kids in March. Are campfires allowed, and do you think a 26 ft. fifth wheel towed by a suburban would make it back there ok?

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    • We didn’t have a campfire, but not because we could not. I am not aware of any burn bans, but there are no fire rings, and the winfs do blow across the area, so some csution would be reconnended. Your 5th wheel will have no problems, as long ad you don’t go too far up the road. The kids will love this area – nice hiking, and a fair number of cattle grazing. By March just be cognizant that snakes may start to apprar – not sure of their calendar. But this is glorious camping!

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  3. Nice post 🙂 We are thinking of camping at Indian Bread Rocks with our kids. Are campfires allowed and would a 26 ft. fifth wheel towed by a suburban get back there ok?

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