Big Bend National Park was established on June 12, 1944 and is the oldest and largest national park in Texas and protects 800,000 acres of ecologically irreplaceable Chihuahuan desert. Big Bend accommodates more than 1,200 plant species, 56 reptile species, 75 mammal species, 3,600 insect species, 40 fish species, 450 bird species, and 11 amphibian species that live within the park. In addition, the park protects 1,400 archaeological sites, 76 historic structures, and 10 historic districts.
Big Bend Park is a triangle formed where the Rio Grande runs southeast then northeast in a “big bend” along the U.S.-Mexico border, notably through deep canyons such as the Santa Elena. The river, the Chihuahan desert plain, and the Chisos Mts. offer sharp contrasts in wilderness scenery. The park has petrified trees, vestiges of prehistoric cultures, and rare forms of animal and plant life. One hundred miles to the west is Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest Texas state park, established in 1988 and covering 287,000 acres.
This national park, located along the Rio Grande river, has just about anything an outdoor enthusiast would want to do – and lot’s of it. Numerous hiking trails, great primitive and developed camping, the Rio Grande River, and much more. It would take several trips to take in the whole park.
Stay near the park at the Premier Lajitas Resort on the border of the park! There are also several other great resorts and hotels near Big Bend including, Chisos Mountains Lodge, Ten Bits Ranch, The Mining Comapny, Big Bend Resort and Adventures and The Gage Hotel. With so much to see you’ll really want to stay close to all the beauty!
For more information on Big Bend National Park and the hotels and lodging options available log on to: www.nationalparkreservations.com or call toll free 855.584.5295.