Big Bend National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Big Bend National Park Vacation
Cradled in the warm, southwestern elbow of Texas, the 801,163 acres of Big Bend National Park hang suspended above the deserts of northern Mexico. From the craggy, forested Chisos Mountains rising up to almost 8,000 feet to the flat, stark plains of the Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend is one of the nation's most geographically diverse parks, with the kind of dramatic backdrop that inspired Hollywood's first Western sets. Visitors can ride the rapids of the Rio Grande, trek through the classic, Old West landscape, and marvel at the moonscape that skirts Boquillas, Mexico.
At the Chisos Mountains Lodge, the only hotel in the park, you can select from a freestanding stone cottage or a motel-style... read more
One word sums up the fare available in the park: casual. You can wear shorts and sneakers to the one park restaurant, which... read more
Things To Do in Big Bend National Park
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Varied terrain: Visit thorny desert, a fabled river, bird-filled woods, and mountain spirals all in the same day. Wonderful... Read more
Naturalist's Big Bend, by Roland H. Wauer and Carl M. Fleming, paints a picture of the park's diverse plants and animals. Big... Read more
Ever since men first explored the prairies of Texas, the bluebonnet has been revered. American Indians wove folktales around this bright... Read more
Because Big Bend contains habitats as diverse as spent volcanoes, slick-sided canyons, and the Rio Grande, it follows that species here... Read more
During the Indian Wars of 1866 through 1892, the U.S. government enlisted vast numbers of black soldiers to serve in its cavalry. Those... Read more
The park's copious campsites are separated, roughly, into two categories—frontcountry and backcountry. Each of its four frontcountry... Read more
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