Closed Canyon – Hike

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This hike through a slot canyon was a great experience.  It was wonderful to feel enclosed with high canyon walls on either side.  At times, I had to scramble down rock formations to continue onward.  There was only the sound of the crunching of sand and gravel beneath my hiking boots.  The sun was getting close to setting, the temperature was cooler in the shadows, and around each new corner was a surprise.  Every few steps was a grand photo opportunity.  🙂

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Closed Canyon – Trail Map

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Closed Canyon is a slot canyon located in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.  The trailhead is just off of Farm to Market Road 170, and the hike is about 1.4 miles long round trip.  It is a beautiful place.  According to the brochure, “Mountain lion, javelina, rock squirrels and a variety of lizard and snake species including the greater earless lizard, desert spiny lizards and the western diamondback rattlesnake may be seen in or near the canyon.”  Lucky for me, I had the Canyon all to myself.

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Farm to Market Road 170

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If you want a beautiful drive in Texas, you should try the Farm to Market Road 170.  It is now one of my absolute favorites!  There are wonderful views of the Rio Grande River, the Border of Texas and Mexico, the mountains of Big Bend Ranch State Park, the desert, and incredible sunsets.  For the majority of my drive, I had this road all to myself, which is both scary and awesome.  I kept wondering what would happen if my car broke down, then I would turn a corner or rise over a hill and be mesmerized by some new scenery that would help me forget my concerns.  Trust me, it is one drive you should enjoy if you find yourself in this part of Texas.  🙂

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