It’s rare these days to find a US national park that is remote. Big Bend National Park meets that criteria, though, being more than an hour away from any mainstream town. El Paso is the closest major city, located around 300 miles west. Even as isolated as Big Bend is, tourism continues to increase as more people learn about this Park with River and Mountain Canyon scenery mixed with desert land.
The Rio Grande is one of the most popular features of Big Bend national Park. In fact, the part got its name from the “big bend” in the river where the Rio Grande turns north towards New Mexico after traveling south are several mountain ranges. Within the park, there are three major canyons. These are Bouquillas, Marsical, and Santa Elena. These canyons are created by the Rio Grande as it flows through the desert land.
In the southwest corner of Texas, extending across the north of Mexico, is the Chihuahuan Desert. This part of the park is located north of the Rio Grande and is hard to access. Within the park, you can find many spiky plants, such as the 60 species of cacti, as well as a large variety of other plant life. While traveling through Big Bend, you will see desert planes, sand dunes, eroded rock formations, colorful Badlands, and some narrow canyons. Throughout the park, there are only two major roads, one that goes southeast, and one to go southwest.
That Chisos Mountains are one of the main reasons many people enjoy visiting Big Bend. These mountain stand out against the arid desert as they peak over 7800 feet and boast many beautiful cliffs. The slopes of these mountains are covered in trees and are far enough away from the hot desert low lands to provide shelter for inhabitant such as mountain lions and black bears.
In the Chisos Basin are facilities that include a campground, restaurant, gift shop, and a lodge for those traveling in the area.