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FM 170 at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Last updated January 15, 2007

Photographs were taken on January 8, 2007.

This view looks east toward Big Bend National Park, with the Chisos Mountains prominent in the view.

FM 170 runs alongside the Rio Grande for most of this section.

Soon after joining the river, there is a abandoned movie set for the film Contrabando which depicts a classic rural Mexican village. A web search reveals that Contrabando was a Spanish-language film made in 1980.

A partial view of the village set.

Driver's view proceeding westward.

Drivers' view.

Looking eastbound with the Rio Grande in the view.

River view

FM 170 is not intended for high speed driving.

Driver's view

At the turnoff to Upper Madera Canyon.

Picnic area along the highway.

Driver's view

This view shows the highway descending down the mountainside.

Approaching a viewpoint turnout.

The vehicles carried a group of students from Weatherford College, which is 30 miles west for Fort Worth.

Rocks encroaching on the road.

Driver's view.

Driver's view.

Driver's view.

Driver's view

Approaching the Colorado Canyon river access point.

The Rio Grande is just visible in this view.

FM 170 shield

As FM 170 gets closer to Presidio, the river is in a wide plain and the scenery is less impressive.

One more FM 170 shield