• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Cenizo, Prickly Pear, and Ocotillo
Cenizo, Prickly Pear, and Ocotillo
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
 
In the early 1930's the state of Texas recognized the value of the scenic beauty in the canyons of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande—Santa Elena, Mariscal, and Boquillas. In June of 1944, when Congress established Big Bend as a National Park, it was not only the canyons that made an impression, but the diversity in biological species and incredible geologic forces left open for examination that swayed the Congress to include Big Bend with other National Parks for the people to enjoy.

Did You Know?

Cavalry troops in the Big Bend

A reporter who accompanied a 1916 military expedition into Big Bend region of Texas described the area in the following terms, "The country isn't bad. It's just worse. Worse the moment you set foot from the train, and then, after that, just worser and worser." More...