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A Guide to Big Bend National Park and Surroundings

Big Bend National Park preserves a splendid area of the Chihuahuan desert. The latter is located mainly in Mexico, but extends North in some parts of the US in the States of Texas and New Mexico. Big Bend National Park is nested in a big curve (hence the name!) of the Rio Grande river which is the border with Mexico.

This gorgeous Southwestern region of Texas is ideal for nature and desert lovers, for hikers, and for people who like to go off the beaten path. Indeed, sadly, but maybe blessingly, this national park is the least visited in the whole US, probably because it is so far off anything else.

You can learn more at the official Big Bend National Park website: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/home.htm or at http://www.visitbigbend.com

The national park is not the only place worth a visit in this region. West of it, there is the Big Bend State Park, even more isolated and remote than the national one! In Mexico, the land bordering the Rio Grande is also part of a national park. The Davis Mountains North of the park are just beautiful, as is the drive West along the Rio Grande. Finally the local towns within a 150 miles radius (240 km) have their local attractions and the peculiar charm of old Western Frontier settlements combined with that of modern border towns to Mexico: Terlingua, Study Butte, Lajitas, Alpine, Marathon, Marfa, Fort Davis.

Big Bend National Park Location:

The red star on the map!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ideal for nature, desert and isolation lovers
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Go there!! Absolutely worth the trip!!
  • Last visit to Big Bend National Park: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 2, 2007
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Wonderful pics and tips but where are the seals?

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Amazing photos of Big Bend NP.

  • ericmurray's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Thanks for posting. I just want to correct the spelling in your title; "Venomous."

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Wow, what a beautiful place. Your pictures are awesome

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2006 at 4:25 PM

    again such beautiful Photos -- this is not on my blue list never been here and would love to

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 6:57 AM

    What a wonderful page, Anne ! Never was aware that Big Bend area is that stunning ! Must hike around in the Ciscos one day :-) Your pictures are awesome, especially the plant ones :-)

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2005 at 11:17 PM

    Excellent comprehensive page! Your landscape pictures are stunning as well. We are hoping to make it to Big Bend on our Texas roadtrip ~ Helen

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2005 at 11:50 PM

    lovely photos, but why is last travelogue duplicated within?

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2005 at 4:09 PM

    Haven't driven in Texas for about 2 decades; they still say"hi" w/ one finger & wave as they drive by?! Cool...I have great memories of my trip to Big Bend N.P. & numerous other "pure Texas" places

  • Gerrem's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2005 at 2:45 AM

    Great pages with wonderful pictures and many informations!


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