Perfect Solitude

Big Bend National Park

Anchors

Deep river gorges sparkle down below. Canyons cut through the isolated Chisos Mountains. The Rio Grande tranquilly passes through West Texas, through space and time, carrying the secrets of millennia in her waters.
About

Big Bend Information

Big Bend offers plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. The park boasts 150 miles of hiking trails through mountainous desert terrain and along rivers.

Big Bend offers plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. The park boasts 150 miles of hiking trails through mountainous desert terrain and along rivers.

Desert flora in Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park

“This looks like the very edge of the world.” — Lady Bird Johnson

Visitors will be drawn to geological structures that date back millions of years, as well as 1,200 species of plants and 450 species of birds. Additional park activities include scenic drives, programs led by Big Bend park rangers, and stargazing.

Big Bend National Park is located in the southwestern part of Texas along the Texas-Mexico border. Big Bend was established as a national park in June of 1935, preserving the largest tracts of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States.

The park is comprised of 1,252 square miles of land, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. Within Big Bend National Park are numerous geographical contrasts. These include the vegetation belts along the Rio Grande, the sparseness of the Chihuahuan Desert, the peaks of the Chisos Mountains, and the limestone outcrops of Persimmon Gap and Boquillas Canyon.

 

Making an Impact
Visiting

Visiting Big Bend

Big Bend National Park
Endless horizon in Big Bend National Park

Map of the Park

Big Bend National Park
P.O. Box 129
Big Bend National Park , TX

Parks Near Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande river valley stretches out with mountains in background
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River is a playground of rapids and three separate canyons, and includes float trips, canyon hikes, and rare wildlife species.
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Fort Davis, of the best examples of an Indian Wars frontier military post in the Southwest, protected emigrants and transportation on the Chihuahua Trail.
Sweeping view of the International Amistad Reservoir
Most visitors come to Amistad for world-class fishing and boating, but there are a variety of other activities both in the park and surrounding area.
Guadalupe Mountains Park view
Guadalupe Mountains National Park includes the world's finest fossilized reef, unique flora and fauna, and West Texas' only legally designated wilderness.
Park Experience

Share Your Park Experience

From the Blog
Support Our Parks
The protection of our national parks is a job we can all do. Our parks need the support of people like you who love and visit them.