Big Bend National Park is a great place to learn about plants! Many of the plants here in the Chihuahuan desert have spines or barbs that might catch on your clothes as you walk by them. These spines are to protect the plant from animals that might be after their water or fruits. Those that do not have spines will catch your eyes with their flowers or general appearance. Over 1,000 species of plants are found within Big Bend National Park. In recent years park botanists, technicians, and volunteers have found many new species and rediscovered some that haven't been seen in years. One of those plants, Hidalgo ladies tresses hasn't been seen in over 60 years!
Did You Know?
The tunnel two miles north of Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park was built in 1959 to reroute traffic away from a stretch of road known as "Dead Man Curve." This was the first highway tunnel built in the state of Texas. More...