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At 801,163 acres in size, this Lone Star natural oasis is a crown jewel of the state. It ebbs and flows in elevation, getting as high as 7,832 feet in the Chisos Mountains and as low as Read more...
At 801,163 acres in size, this Lone Star natural oasis is a crown jewel of the state. It ebbs and flows in elevation, getting as high as 7,832 feet in the Chisos Mountains and as low as 1,800 feet in the Rio Grande river valley, which makes for truly diverse hiking trails. Also, the park’s over 1,200 species of flora and fauna make Big Bend a mecca for biologist, anthropologists, and basically anyone who appreciates Mother Nature’s bounty. Artifacts as old as 9,000 years old are regularly found in the park, as well. With over 1,000 miles of international boundary shared with Mexico along the Rio Grande River, Big Bend National Park exists also a symbol of how the outdoors can bring nations together.
Big Bend is particularly exciting for hikers and backpackers, who can choose between Chimneys Trail, Marufo Vega Trail, Outer Mountain Loop or any number of the endless other options. And the rumors are true: Big Bend is one of the best places in the United States for stargazing because of how little light pollution it has.
Camping in Big Bend is a pretty straightforward affair. Campsites, including group ones, in Rio Grande Village, Chisos Basin, and Cottonwood campgrounds can be reserved year-round for tent camping and even car camping. There’s also a gaggle of first-come, first-serve primitive campsites sprinkled throughout the park. RVers take not that the Rio Grande Village RV Park is the only campground with full hookups. Water stations, a dump station, picnic tables, and more are exist in and around the visitor center.
Thankfully, Big Bend boasts year-round camping and fairly tolerable weather, no matter the season. Feel free to check it out at any season.