BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
The region is sparsely populated, arid, and rugged, containing the Chisos and the Davis Mountain ranges. The region has more than one million acres (4,000 km²) of public lands, including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park along the north side of the Rio Grande. It is also the home of the McDonald Observatory.
Information source from Big Bend (Texas) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Our Family picture. This is the BEST Mother Texas can offer: The cleanest, quietest, geo-diverse public lands place to visit in the entire state-the ” Grand Canyon” Yellowstone” Yosemite” of Texas, without the crowds and commercialization of those places.
Running Javelina ( Image source )
Big Bend National Park – a large national park in Texas featuring mountains and desert and canyons and wildlife. Great place to go hiking and camping. People, travel to this place loose some sleep and take a look at the night sky. It is totally worth it! This is an absolute gem of a national park. It is quite big (bigger than Yosemite), yet you do not have to fight any crowds. I’m glad that most don’t know about it. Part of its charm is the lack of visitors. I couldn’t believe this was in Texas!
Wildlife sightings: Scorpion, Tarantulas, Roadrunner, Jackrabbits, Peregrine Falcons, Deers, Snake Headed Lizard.
The drive to Rio Grande village is fantastic which takes you very very close to the Mexican border. The Rio Grande river itself acts as the border and it is totally unprotected. Make sure where you are with a map in hand so as not cross the border even unintentionally. If you are a foreign traveler, make sure you carry your Passport Visa and related paperwork as there is a border checkpoint outside of the park. All in all twas an amazing experience!