The largest protected piece of Chihuahuan Desert land, and its accompanying ecology, in the United States, falls under the umbrella of Texas's Big Bend National Park. Covering over 800,000 acres and encompassing countless paleontological and geological exploration sites, the park is a treasure trove for tourists and nature hounds alike. Big Bend also hugs 118 picturesque miles of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river system, which forms the natural boundary between the United States and Mexico.
A great place for visitors to start is the Panther Junction Visitor Center, where maps, exhibits, introductions and assistance are available. The Chisos Mountains Lodge offers on-site accommodations all year long. The Rio Grande Village Campground, Chisos Basin Campground, and Cottonwood Campground are all operated by the National Park Service.
Individual fee is $10, good for seven days. Vehicle fee is $20, includes all occupants of a private, non-commercial vehicle, and good for seven days. Big Bend Annual Passes are $40, good for one year.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, clickhere.
Near by POI
The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River encapsulates 196 miles of Texas' most famous "stream," a third of that located in Big Bend National Park itself.