Big Bend Ranch State Park
Not to be confused with neighboring Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park is no less spectacular. Bordered by the mighty Rio Grande, there are more than 200mi (322km) of trail on which to hike, bike, ride horses or test the suspension on your 4X4. Most campsites – including equestrian sites – can be reached by vehicle, which makes for a low-impact way to introduce first-time campers to primitive sites. If you’re planning to cruise by the Camino del Rio, make sure you’ve got your tackle box and rafts in tow.