• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Natural Features & Ecosystems

desert scene
This present-day scene shows the desert landscapes for which the park is famous; this land also holds evidence of ancient swamps and fossils.
NPS/Big Bend National Park
When Big Bend was chosen to become a national park it was the biological and geologic diversity here that helped sway policy makers.

The scenery found in Big Bend is unmatched elsewhere in Texas. We encourage park visitors to enjoy sunsets from scenic vistas, soak their tired bones in the hot springs, and explore Big Bend's geologic history.

Did You Know?

Along the River Road

There are two "river roads" witin the Big Bend area. One is the scenic state highway connecting Lajitas to Presidio west of the park; the other is the fifty plus-mile primitive dirt road connecting Castolon to Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park. More...