Big Bend National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Big Bend National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Persimmon Gap Area

  • Information Center

Quiet and remote, this relatively new picnic area has tables shaded by metal roofs called ramadas. There are no grills, but there is...

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Complete with exhibits and a bookstore, this visitor center is the northern gateway into miles of flatlands that surround the more scenic...

Rio Grande Village

  • Information Center

Don't be fooled by the name—there's no real village here. There is, however, a corner of civilization: a campground, an RV park, an...

Rio Grande Village Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Half a dozen picnic tables are scattered under cottonwoods south of the convenience store. Half a mile away at Daniels Ranch there are...

Rio Grande Village Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Opening days and hours are sporadic and it's closed in summer, but if it's open you can take in the videos of Big Bend's geological and...

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

  • Historic District/Site

Although it extends only 30 miles, you can easily spend a full day on this aptly named route admiring the views, visiting historic sites,...

Santa Elena Canyon

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

The finale of a short but vigorous hike (1.7 miles round-trip) over a steep slope is a spectacular view of the Rio Grande and sheer limestone...

Santa Elena Canyon Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Two tables sit in the shade next to the parking lot at the trailhead. There is a vault toilet. ...

Viva Big Bend

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  • Festival–Sight

The annual Viva Big Bend music festival in July is a West Texas showcase for Lone Star music. The action—rock, blues, country, Latin,...

Chisos Basin Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

There are several tables scattered off the parking lot near the visitor center and convenience store. If you want to put something to...


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