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Marufo Vega Professional Review and Guide
"The Marufo Vega Trail offers a strenuous but spectacular trip with a variety of hiking options in the Dead Horse Mountains, including the rim of Boquillas Canyon and the Rio Grande. About 3.5 miles into this rugged hike, the trail splits into south and north forks. The north fork descends a steep canyon drainage and reaches the river in about 2.5 more miles. From the junction, the south fork leads to the Rio Grande in a little more than 3 miles, plus provides excellent views from the heights of the canyon rim. The last mile of the south fork drops very abruptly to the river. A 1.5- mile connecting trail joins the ends of each Marufo Vega fork by traveling parallel to and above the river."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
We started this trail on a cool overcast day. The trail was not marked as well when we went as when Eva did, but we had no problems navigating by map. The end of the trail (where it reached the descent) offered a beautiful sunset view of the opposing mountain bluffs and a nice area for camping overnight. The fog rising from the river below made the area seem mystical, like a scene from Excalibur. Well worth a hike in. There was no water along the way and very little shade so go prepared. E mail me if you would like to see pictures of any of my hikes.
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