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Restrooms when on trails

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Restrooms when on trails

Hi,

We are two families travelling to Big Bend over the long weekend in May. We have two kids with us, a 2.5 year old and a 3.5 year old, We have reserved nights at Big Bend Resorts and Adventures. I have the following questions:

1) The 3.5 year old is potty trained. So what I want to know if say, if we set out on a trail to say, st elena then how is the frequency of restrooms and how is the condition of the restrooms? Or say if we take some other hike, then what is the situation of the restrooms? Are there any on every trail? Are they clean, ina usable condition and should I expect any desert critters?

2) how is the Big Bend Resorts and Adventures cafe? Can someone tell me what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner there?

3) any other tips that you all want to give us.

Thankyou so much!!

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1. Re: Restrooms when on trails

If you have not already read reviews on Trip Advisor, perhaps these might help concerning the Cafe and accommodations:

Trip Advisor reviews of Big Bend Resort and Adventures Cafe: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

Trip Advisor reviews of Big Bend Resort and Adventures: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g56…

Here is the link to my Review of Santa Elena Canyon: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

There was a restroom at the parking area for the Santa Elena Canyon Trail. Most likely a pit toilet type, although I can't remember for sure.

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3. Re: Restrooms when on trails

As the earlier poster said, there's a restroom at the parking area at the beginning of the Santa Elena Canyon trail. It's a permanent structure with what I believe are composting toilets. So no running water, but I recall thinking they were relatively clean and well-maintained. No toilets on the trail itself, but it's pretty short anyway so as long as everyone takes care of business before you start the hike, you should be all right.

The availability of toilets varies quite a bit depending on the trail. Many trails, especially the less popular ones farther from a visitors' center, will have no facilities. For the Lost Mine trail, I don't think there are any toilets either at the parking area or on the trail so I just had to find a convenient bush. Be aware that vegetation in many parts of Big Bend can be sparse, so finding a private place to go can be challenging. On the other hand, you often have the trail all to yourself so there's that.

If you buy the National Geographic map at one of the visitors' centers or from Amazon, I believe that marks the location of every restroom. My wife found that useful when we were hiking the South Rim Loop trail.

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