• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Stories

members of the International Park Commission pose in volcanic badlands near Castolon, 1936.
Members of the International Park Commission pose in volcanic badlands near Castolon, 1936.
NPS Historic Photograph Collection
 
Big Bend, with its long and rich cultural history, is home to many stories, tales and legends. While almost all the stories told contain some degree of truth and authenticity many of the tales and legends from the region are probability more fiction then fact.

Human history in this harsh desert environment is a complex blend of cultures, boundaries, and the limits of economic and personal adventures.

Did You Know?

Johnnie Ward, 1886

Ward Mountain (6,925'/2,111m), which forms the southern boundary of "The Window" is named for Johnnie Ward, a cowboy who worked for the G4 ranch in the Big Bend area in the mid-1880s.