Big Bend National Park Travel Guide

Big Bend National Park Sports & Activities

Spectacular and varied scenery plus more than 300 miles of road spell adventure for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, or those simply in need of a ramble on foot or by ATV or Jeep. A web of dusty, unpaved roads lures adventuresome drivers and experienced hikers deep into the backcountry, while paved roads make shorter trails and scenic overlooks more accessible. Because the park has nearly half of the bird species in North America, birding ranks high. Boating is also popular, because some of the park's most striking features are accessible only via the Rio Grande.


Situated on north–south migratory pathways, Big Bend is home to approximately 450 species of birds—more than any other national park. In fact...


Each of the park's zones has its own appeal. The east side offers demanding mountain hikes, border canyons, limestone aplenty, and sandy washes...

Horseback Riding

At Big Bend, guides give horseback tours, and visitors can bring their own horses. The going might be slow in some parts, as horses aren't allowed...

Multisport Outfitters

Angell Expeditions. A smaller outfitter, Charlie Angell customizes river- and land-based tours to fit the needs of his clients. Based out...

Scenic Flights

Rio Aviation Inc. Scenic Flights. Owner and chief pilot Marcos Paredes leads scenic flights over Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch...


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