The yellow caves….

las cuevas amarillas

As you are driving into Big Bend Ranch State Park, you get the feeling you are relatively near the altitude of the Rio Grande.  For most of the early drive in, you can see that the terrain gradually starts to rise, but nothing serious.

That changes, however, once you get past the yellow caves – or as they are called in the park, las cuevas amarillas.

The yellow caves area was used by American Indians as a hangout – and it’s easy to see why.  Behind the caves is easy access to water, and to get to the area from that direction, you have to pass through a bit of a choke point.   To get to the yellow caves from the east, it’s wide open territory, and an alert person should be able to spot folks from quite a ways away.

During the day, it’s easy to see how the caves got their name – the stone formation is almost a bright yellow in the mid day sun.  But as the sun sets, you are rewarded with an outstanding reddish hue from the setting sun being absorbed by the bright yellow rock….


~ by Derrick Birdsall on October 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “The yellow caves….”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by TPWD State Parks, Derrick Birdsall. Derrick Birdsall said: The yellow caves at Big Bend Ranch State Park….: […]

  2. […] a favorite spot at Big Bend Ranch State Park.   I’ve spent one evening shooting images at this location before last year, catching the sun’s rays as they warmed up the yellow […]

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