Splendid Isolation, The Big Bend...

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.


Pied-billed grebes

Audubon's Delight

A multiplicity of habitats including, desert oases, hidden canyons, and a ribbon of undulating river corridor, shelter more than 450 bird species.

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Cerro Castellan

A Geologic Treasure

This is a world-class arena for geology: limestone to laccoliths, faults to volcanoes. Fossils include a world-record pterosaur, and 50’ crocodile!

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Boot Canyon

Within Walking Distance

Big Bend is a hiker's bliss with more than 150 miles of fabulous trails in the largest expanse of roadless public lands in Texas.

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Black Bear

Nature's Finest

The park’s many, varied ecotones—formed by river, desert, and mountains—result in outstanding diversity of wildlife.

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Starry Night Sky

Into the Night

Big Bend’s star-laden skies can be dazzling.

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Dorgan House

Layers of History

Take a step back in time and listen to the whispers of Native Americans, settlers, ranchers and miners...

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