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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Visit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
Feel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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Big Bend National Park - Orientation

Getting Around, Basic Info,...

Big Bend National Park is divided into five sections. Take a minute to read through our orientation page information in order to familiarize yourself with the different areas within the park and ensure a great time when you visit.

Overview

Big Bend may not be the largest national park, but it's more than large enough to get lost in. The park is divided into five sections: its center point at Panther Junction, Rio Grande Valley and its ruins of hot spring resorts and ore mines, Castolon with its ranches, deep canyons, and scenic drives, the mountainous Chisos Basin, and, lastly, the scarce-developed Persimmon Gap. Hiking is the primary activity in the park, although biking is close behind.

Areas of the Park

Panther Junction

Panther Junction is the headquarters of Big Bend, but sits at the center of the park rather than at its edge, so it's not the most quickly accessible of the park's areas. Still, it's a good place to start. After visiting the main visitor center, ease into Big Bend with a quiet hike up the Grapevine Hills Road and Trail. For desert-picnic lounging, try Dugout Wells. Croton Spring Road is another way to explore the park near Panther Junction, if it's rather rough.

Rio Grande Village

This area of the park rests not only on the river, but on the border between Mexico and the United States. Several hikes begin here, from the short Rio Grande Village Natural Trail and Boquillas Canyon Trail to the grueling Ore Terminal Trail and the Marufo Vega Trail. And as this is a hiker's park, the Ernst Tinaja and the Hot Springs Historic District both must be hiked. The Ernst Tinaja, a "tank" filled with water year-round, is hard to reach, but worth it. The Hot Springs Historic District preserves the remains of a hot springs resort and you can still soak here. Stop by Daniel's Ranch Picnic Area on your way; it's a great birding spot.

Castolon

Castolon is west Big Bend. Start at the Castolon Historic District and take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, which ends at the famous Santa Elena Canyon, a deep, grand limestone canyon that divides the United States and Mexico. Hiking trails exist as detours off the main road, among them the Tuff Canyon, the Burro Mesa Pouroff and its hidden box canyon, and the Chimneys Trail. And when you've finally exhausted the Drive, the rough Old Maverick Road will take you further, if the 13-mile drive is rough indeed.

Chisos Basin

If Panther Junction is the headquarters of the park, this is its real center, and you can eat out and bunk in a hotel here if you'd like. The real draw is, of course, not the facilities, but that cliff-surrounded basin. This can be explored through a number of trails from the easy Window View Trail to the moderate Lost Mine to the backpacking 30-mile marathon, the Outer Mountain Loop. The highest point of Big Bend juts from the side of the basin; this is Emory Peak and is also hikeable.

Persimmon Gap

This north end of the park is also the least developed. Stop by the Fossil Bone Exhibit and explore the desert through the Dagger Flat Auto Trail, which ends in a Giant Dagger Yucca forest. Dog Canyon is accessible through a moderately strenuous trail, and Devil's Den, another canyon, is also hikeable, as is Persimmon Peak.

Other Things to Know

Big Bend National Park is only accessible by car. You can get there from taking TX 118 from Alpine, US 90 or US 385 south from Marathon, or FM 170 from Presidio. Once within the park, you can explore it via car, foot, or, most likely, some mixture of both. Be aware that Big Bend is an isolated place and that although there are camper stores within the park, it's best to be well-supplied before you visit. Also be aware that Big Bend can get dangerously hot in the summer and bringing plenty of water is always essential.

Pets
Be aware that having a pet with you will limit your activities and explorations in the park. In addition, desert temperatures and predators are a serious threat to your pet's well being. Please consider the following points before deciding to bring a pet:

  • Pets are not allowed on trails, off roads, or on the river. Basically, your pet can only go where your car can go.
  • If you plan to hike, someone must stay behind with the pet, or you will need to make arrangements with a kennel service.
  • Pet owners are required to immediately remove and properly dispose of fecal matter deposited by their pets. Deposit bag of fecal matter in a dumpster.
  • Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length (or in a cage) at all times.
  • You are not allowed to leave your pet unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal, or if the animal becomes a public nuisance. There is no kennel service in the park.
  • Pet etiquette and park regulations require that you always clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
  • Predators such as owls, coyotes, mountain lions and even javelina can and do kill pets here. Even large dogs cannot defend themselves against predators. Extreme temperatures are also a danger.

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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Matagorda County Matagorda County Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast BeachesMidway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, right where the Colorado River meets the sea, Matagorda County lies at a curious confluence of nature and history that goes back nearly 500 years, and it just seems to get better with time.
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Amarillo Amarillo Amarillo
Texas PanhandleFrom Palo Duro Canyon to Historic Route 66 to The American Quarter Horse Museum to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and much, Amarillo has something for everyone. To learn about Amarillo's exciting attractions, history and culture.
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Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
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Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
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Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
Dallas AreaJust 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, and 25 minutes from DFW International Airport, Cedar Hill is Dallas Country's HOTTEST destination for small town charm, with big city choices. From shopping and dining, to sports and outdoors, we have it all!
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Abilene Abilene Abilene
Visit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
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Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
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Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston Bay Area Houston
Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region that touches more than 35 miles of waterfront. It boasts succulent seafood, unique shopping, a booming boating community and awe-inspiring nature preserves.
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Midland Midland Midland
Feel the Energy in Midland, Texas! Midland is the perfect place to begin your adventure in West Texas. Features several museums, art, planetarium, festivals, & closest airport to Big Bend.
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