There is a place in far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. This magical place is Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend National Park is the highlight attraction of the entire region. It is at the same time an 1100 square mile playground and classroom. The 800,000-acre national park contains three basic habitats: river, desert, and mountains. Big Bend National Park encompasses the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States.
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs.
The Chisos Mountains are the heart of Big Bend National Park. They extend twenty miles from Punta de la Sierra in the southwest to Panther Junction in the northeast. It is the only mountain range totally contained within a single national park.
Boquillas Canyon is the longest and deepest canyon in Big Bend National Park. The vertical relief from nearby Pico del Carmen, to river level is over 7,000 feet, somewhat deeper than the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.
The Big Bend National Park area is accessible by two small towns; Marathon and Lajitas. Located about 100 miles from the entrance of the park, Marathon is a small town with a selection of dining options, as well as the beautiful Gage Hotel. Should you wish to stay closer to the park, the Lajitas Resort in Lajitas, is located right at the entrance to the park and offers activities such as horse riding and ATV riding within the park.