|Geologist and Interpretive Ranger at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Blaine Hall shows the locations of geologic interest to our group, including the Solitario|
|Color change in these rocks are due to weathering|
|Geologist Blaine Hall|
|More weathering indicated by color|
|Taking a photo of the white rocks indicating a "mountain building event" taking place 300 million years ago|
|Hiking in the Solitario|
|Best way to see it? On foot!|
We booked a full day with Blaine, who met us at the center of the park at Sauceda Ranch at 9am. We packed the water and lunches we'd brought into a TPWD vehicle, and started our tour. Blaine drove us to several locations to see evidence of geological highlights in the park--and Big Bend Ranch has TREMENDOUS geological highlights! To read more, download this issue of the award-winning El Solitario newsletter and read page 10!
Blaine showed us evidence of four major geological trends in the park:
1) Applachian/Ouachita/Marathon/Solitario Trend
2) Rocky Mountain Trend
3) Trans-Pecos Volcanic Field
4) Basin and Range Trend
We were game for a hike, too, so Blaine led us on a great trail to continue our lesson on geology...we got to see some amazing views of the landscape!
To schedule a tour, call the park's local number, 432-358-4444, and ask to schedule a guided tour. For two of us, we had a full day with Blaine (who is a wealth of information and genial, good-natured teacher and guide) for $150.