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Big Bend National Park

U.S. 385, Texas 79834 USA

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“A stunning solitary mountain range”

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend...

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Reviewed by
Nick Porter

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  • 30 Reviews
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July 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

Big Bend is a must see. Chisos Mountains hiking. Ross Maxwell scenic drive to Santa Elena Canyon. The Rio Grande along the unpaved River Road. Mariscal Mine. And miles of desert views. Check out my blog about it with little kids at oneshot1001.blogspot.com

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October 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

I spent 3 days in Big Bend and really LOVED the park!
Hiked to Hot Springs and found this manmade pool by the Rio Grande where i could enjoy a nice warm river bath, the trail to the Balanced Rock is beautiful and quite, and the view is amazing. The best part to me was the Ross Maxwell scenic drive leading to the Santa Elena Canyon, where you can hike into the canyon via the Santa Elena Canyon trail (do it til the end), not easy to find but totally worth the detour, you won't regret it, it's mystical, i found a bit of Heaven there. Will go back to Big Bend!

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August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

The Big Bend National Park could easily be considered as one of the greatest natural wonders of Far West Texas, a place where someone can discover his stamina limits and find out things about his inner self and nature that can barely find in any other part of the USA.

Tough, pure, challenging, spectacular, dangerous, mystical, amazing, great are only few of the characterizations that fit to what Big Bend is really all about.

Be aware that this place is for very experienced and tough hikers who are looking for challenging places. If you are into luxuries of the modern world, then this place is NOT for you.

While there, the best places to visit are Boquillas Canyons, the Window Trail, the South Rim hike and the old village. The nights there are magical and the skies are totally dark with millions of bright stars. This was my favorite part of the 5 day hiking..!!!! Nature at its best !!!

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January 29, 2019
Rated 5.0

If you are a Texan, a park enthusiast, love nature or even if you're not, Big Bend is a great destination. Entering the Chisos basin is unforgettable. Camping is fantastic here and the basin has a lodge and restaurant with a beautiful view of 'The Window', a parting between the mountains facing west (so beautiful sunsets abound). Hiking is definitely not for the super beginner, make sure you take plenty of water as the day heats up very quickly. The park can also be experienced by car and there is fuel available in Panther Junction.

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April 09, 2018
Rated 4.0

A magnificent proof that nature is big wonder. Lovely scenic drive and lot of spots to stop and click. One may need one full day to have a complete visit at this park.

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July 28, 2015
Rated 4.0

BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINTS. Leave the goodies at home. Really like this park! Great for hiking, window trail and hot springs trail are especially cool. Takes a little while to navigate the park and some roads are inaccessible. Cool camping spots and amazing sky gazing.

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February 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Took a motorcycle ride with a friend to the Chisos Mountains. What an awesome ride. We took our Harley's on this ride starting from San Antonio, Texas.
The weather was outstanding and the views were out of this world. Being on a bike on this ride really gives you the feeling of freedom. If you have access to a bike, you need to do yourself this favor and go explore. Best ride I have ever taken. The mountains were totally awesome and while there, stop in at the Chisos Mountain Lodge. They have a great restaurant with awesome buffalo burgers. What a great way to end the ride for the day. It doesn't get better than this.

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July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Breathtaking scenery and a change from the everyday city life

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Lesli Peterson

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January 09, 2022

This beautiful park is found along a big bend of the Rio Grande river. Bordering Mexico, the large stretch of land covers over 100 miles. The Big Bend is home to more than 1,200 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 75 species of mammals, and 56 species of reptiles.

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June 21, 2021
Rated 5.0

One of the most breath taking places I have been, Santa Elena Canyon at this time of the year allowed me to walk through the rio grande river. The Window became a place for meditation. If you arrive late please stay at Study Butte RV Park. Super nice place to spend the night before be delighted with such amazing place.

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Big Bend National Park

U.S. 385
79834 USA


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Good for bird watching, cycling, and 4 more activities.

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  • Pets Allowed
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