The Hot Springs Historic District of Big Bend National Park is an idyllic spot along the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. It was once used as a health spa and as a meeting place for people from both sides of the river. There are several barely-preserved buildings and a magnificent giant palm fanning out over the rugged landscape. I dubbed it the, “tropical paradise in the desert,” in Deadly Exodus (only $0.99 on Amazon) and identified it as the place the characters would attempt their daring border crossing into Mexico in their desperate pursuit of freedom.
This tropical paradise in the desert always elicits pleasant memories of visiting Big Bend National Park. One of the other many bonuses of Big Bend is that I’ve never experienced the crowds I often encounter at other national parks. Big Bend gives a person the space and scenery to experience true solitude.