Big Bend Ranch State Park
With more than 300,000 acres (121,000 hectares), Big Bend Ranch State Park is Texas’ largest state park. Located in far West Texas, along the U.S.-Mexico border, the park is a haven for adventure junkies. Visitors can hike, mountain-bike, and go horseback riding through the 238 miles (383 km) of multi-use trails; also Rio Grande river access means floating, fishing, and rafting. Forty-eight species of mammals have been found in the park, and more than 300 species of birds have been recorded as well. Keep an eye out for snakes, bats, mountain lions, mule deer, jackrabbits, lizards, native bighorn sheep, and more. All campsites (except backcountry sites) can be reached by vehicle, but be aware that some roads require four-wheel-drive or high clearance. A bunkhouse that accommodates up to 30 people is also available for lodging.