Location: SW Texas. 320 mi. SE of El Paso, ~100 mi. S of Marfa and Alpine
Area: 801,000 acres
Major Attractions: Incredible cliffs and views in Chisos Mountains, Sheer canyons on Rio Grande
Miles of Trail: 150+
My Favorite Parts: South Rim, Ernst Tinaja, Santa Elena Canyon, Javelinas (I haven't seen any yet)
5 hours from El Paso - E on I-10, E on US-90, S on US-385
Big Bend lies in the Chihuahuan Desert and contains the entire Chisos Mountain range. The park is named after a large bend in the Rio Grande, which makes up its southern border. Major attractions at the park include floating the Rio Grande, taking in spectacular desert scenery from the South Rim, climbing Emory Peak, and getting in some of the best stargazing on the planet. My favorite time to visit the park is in the spring when cacti are in bloom and temperatures allow for comfortable backpacking trips. You will miss out on much of the park unless you take a vehicle that can handle the rough dirt roads that traverse the southern portion of the park.
My less formal piece on Big Bend can be read here.
|Cacti in Bloom|
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