Big Bend National Park
With 801,163 acres, Big Bend National Park sprawls across far West Texas and includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Rio Grande River runs through the park and provides rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Stargazing is also a popular activity, as Big Bend has the least light pollution of any other national park in the lower 48 states. Hikers can enjoy more than 150 miles of trails and hike in the desert, mountains, or along the river. The vast ecosystems in Big Bend provide habitats for more than 450 species of birds, 75 species of mammals, 56 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians. Larger mammals seen at the park include deer, coyotes, mountain lions, javelinas, and black bears. Other activities include horseback riding, biking, and bird watching. The park has lodging at Chisos Mountains Lodge (72 rooms) and numerous campsites.