"Histories never conclude; they just pause their prose. Their stories are, if they are truthful, untidy affairs, resistant to windings-up and sortings-out. They beat raggedly on into the future..." Simon Schama
Big Bend is a gift from those who came before us. Often referred to as Texas' Gift to the Nation, Big Bend is famous for its natural resources and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. Native peoples lived in and/or passed through this area for thousands of years. Their presence is evidenced by pictographs and archeological sites. In more recent history (the last 500 years) Texas has been claimed by six different nations!
From prehistoric Indians to ranchers, miners to park visitors.
Big Bend's Original Inhabitants
Discover the earliest groups that lived in Big Bend.
Big Bend Archaeology
There still is much to learn about the prehistory of Big Bend National Park
Discover some of Big Bend's best characters: ranchers, residents, organizations, advocates, and park rangers.
Ranches, villages, trading posts, mines, and cavalry camps.
Big Bend, with its long and rich cultural history, is home to many stories, tales and legends.
Texas' Gift to the Nation
Big Bend is a gift from those who came before us, who worked hard to promote and protect the area as a national park.
From Big Bend's past, these documents provide a glimpse into the by-gone days of this remote park.
Early Park History Books
Nostalgic reports on Big Bend's variety of cultural resources during the early days of the park.
Last updated: April 17, 2020