Big Bend National Park - Texas
When people think of Texas, it isn’t often that they think of varying animal and plant life, but Big Bend National Park offers that and more. Read more...
This United States national park is home to more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 75 species of mammals and 56 species of reptiles. Big Bend is named after a stretch of 118 or so miles of Rio Grande river, one part of which forms a large bend in the river at the Texas-Mexico border. The park, which covers over 801,000 acres, is the site of a variety of Cretaceous and Cenozoic fossils, many estimated to be 9,000 years old.
Big Bend National Park is the location of a variety of outdoor activities for the outdoor enthusiasts, including backpacking, river trips, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. Over 150 miles of trails gives visitors the opportunity to venture out on a day hike on your own or participate in a ranger-led program with a ranger as your guide, teaching you about the science, history, nature and culture of Big Bend National Park. There is a little bit of everything for those visiting this unique part of the world.