Big Bend National Park Texas

Big Bend

Big Bend National Park

The 800,000-acre national park contains three basic habitats: river, desert, and mountains. It encompasses the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States.

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River forms its southern boundary. Big Bend is the only park in the United States that contains a complete mountain range - the Chisos. Relative to its size Big Bend has a small number of visitors, which enables it to offer great solitude, and peace and quiet in a natural surrounding.

The Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend

Included in the Chihuahuan Desert region are parts of the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in the United States, as well as parts of the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi in Mexico. All of Big Bend National Park is in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Common shrubs include mimosa, acacia, mesquite, Mariola, Fourwing Saltbush, Tarbush, Javelinabush, Goldeneye, Allthorn, and Ocotillo. Common cacti include the Prickly Pears, Hedgehogs, Living Rocks, yucca, agave, century plant, and Corys.

Big Bend Sky
Big Bend Rafting

River Rafting Through a Canyon on the Rio Grande

A number of outfitters provide 1/2 day, one day, two day, and up to three weeks long rafting trips down the Rio Grande River. They can be up to 250 miles in length.

The views of the cliff walls as you pass through canyons such as the Santa Elena make these trips awesome. Look one up on the internet.

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