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These are the Chisos Mountains, a beautiful mountain range in the center of the park.
Big Bend National Park
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1 Headquarters Drive Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834
Park is open all year. Panther Junction visitor center is open 8-6.
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Big Bend National Park is 801,163 acres of remote and scenic desert lands in south Texas. The park was named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River. It is best known for pristine ecosystems and diverse populations of plants and animals.
Little settlement took place in the Big Bend area up until the late 1800s when ranchers and miners arrived. In the early 1900s some local residents and conservationists began advocating for protection of the area. A state park was soon established. Conservation advocates then lobbied for a larger national park. Texas bought out landholders and Big Bend became a national park in 1944.
Big Bend is a destination park; there is little to do in surrounding areas. Hiking is popular, and the Chisos Mountains have the best trails. Window Trail and Lost Mine Trail are good medium length and medium difficulty hikes. Other easier walks worth taking are at Hot Springs in the east and Santa Elena Canyon in the west. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive also is enjoyable. Interesting stops on the drive include Sam Nail Ranch (old ranch) and Tuff Canyon (lava formations). Other activities include bathing at Hot Springs and seeing the ruins of the Hot Springs Resort. Private companies offer rafting trips on the Rio Grande River.
If you enjoy hiking and the outdoors, Big Bend is a great place to vacation. Two days is enough time to enjoy most of the park. Temperatures can get very hot, so winter is a good season to visit. In regard to lodging, Chisos Mountain Lodge is the most convenient location. The Lajitas Resort, located half an hour from the park, is most luxurious. If you like a nicer hotel, Lajitas is worth the drive
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