17 Stunning Photos Of Texas' Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park | © Dean Fikar/Shutterstock
Big Bend National Park | © Dean Fikar/Shutterstock
Photo of Aubrey Cofield
20 December 2016

Covering over 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park is a Texas treasure. The diverse ecosystem, breathtaking scenery and rich history attract people from all over the world to this desert paradise at the western edge of the state.

The trail to get to this specific spot is called South Rim Trail. It’s a little over 12 miles and will take most of the day, but once you reach the top, the view is more than worth it.

Big Bend National Park | © Adam Baker/Flickr

At the end of the nearly two-mile Grapevine Hills Trail, you’re met with this amazing natural structure called ‘The Balanced Rock.’

The Balanced Rock, Big Bend National Park | Public Domain/Goodfreephotos.com

Some swear that you can see all the way to Mexico once you reach the top of the South Rim Trail.

South Rim, Big Bend National Park | © Adam Baker/Flickr

At Big Bend, the nights turn pitch black, making it a perfect spot for viewing the Milky Way during the summer nights.

Big Bend Milky Way | © Alison I./Flickr

The Rio Grande River runs through the whole park and acts as a border between the United States and Mexico.

Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park | © Alison I./Flickr

The sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most sought-after picture-perfect views in the park.

Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park | © Madhu Shesharam/Flickr

Big Bend National Park is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, and the weather is typically dry and hot. But because of the different altitudes throughout the region, the climate can change drastically in the same day depending on your location.

Big Bend National Park | © ivyst/Flickr

Over time, the Rio Grande River proceeded to cut through the limestone canyons, making these magnificent formations.

Big Bend National Park | © Steve Davies/Flickr

The Chisos Mountains are named after the Chisos Native American tribe that inhabited the area sometime before 1500 AD.

Chisos Basin Big Bend National Park | © Good Free Photos/Wikicommons

One of the most beautiful spots to capture the Rio Grande can be found while hiking through the Santa Elena Canyon.

Big Bend National Park | Public Domain/Goodfreephotos.com

You won’t find clearer skies in all of Texas than those in Big Bend.

The Big Bend topography is very diverse. You get mountains, canyons, plains, rivers, and desert all in one national park.

Big Bend National Park | © Mark Seymour/Flickr

There are river tours available at Big Bend River Tours, but if you want to float on your own boat, you need a river float permit.

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park | © ivyst/Flickr

Sunsets at Big Bend are the number one most sought-after scenic view when visiting the park.

Big Bend National Park | © David Fulmer/Flickr

Several species of fish, including the American eel and silvery minnow, have vanished from the Rio Grande due to reduced river flow.

Big Bend National Park | Public Domain/Goodfreephotos.com

Big Bend is home to 1,200 different plant species. The Chisos oak tree can be found nowhere else in the United States.

Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park | © National Park Service Digital Image Archives/Wikicommons

Big Bend is said to be the last wild corner of the United States. Nowhere else can you find such beauty and solitude at the same time in one place.

Big Bend National Park | © Good Free Photos/Wikicommons

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