Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park is located in western edge of Texas. The park is bordered by the Rio Grande river which separates it from Mexico. Temprature is the summer can frequently pass 100 Farenheight while the winter months can reach lows in the single digits. The park is home to over 1200 types of plants.

Big Bend National Park Info


Big Bend National Park

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Visitor Fatality in the Chisos Mountains

Park visitors and rangers were unable to revive a collapsed solo hiker in the Chisos Mountains.

Successful Partnering to Protect Bighorn

The National Park Service in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has concluded aerial surveying for native Bighorn Sheep and removal operations targeting non-native Aoudad (Barbary sheep) in the Dead Horse Mountains and Boquillas Canyon areas of Big Bend National Park.

Proposed Changes to Camping Reservations and Fees

Big Bend National Park proposes to increase fees for some camping opportunities, and to significantly increase reservation opportunities for campgrounds and backcountry campsites. This will make it much easier for park visitors to plan ahead and enjoy this remote park.

Big Bend National Park Implements Temporary Closures to Promote Native Desert Bighorn Sheep

The Deadhorse Mountains and surrounding areas, including the Dagger Flat Road and Old Ore Road, will be closed to the public from August 11 – August 17 while the NPS works with Texas Parks and Wildlife to remove non-native Aoudad (Barbary Sheep).

Big Bend National Park Photos

Desert Marigolds on the Dog Canyon Trail

Mark P Betts posted a photo:

Desert Marigolds on the Dog Canyon Trail

You can usually find these flowers throughout the park in late summer and early fall. They are native and adapted to the hot dry climate and gravelly caliche soils of the flats in Big Bend.

When the summer monsoon has been plentiful, however, these pretty little flowers put on a beautiful show.

All the plants were thriving due to the rains and I can't think of a better way for Big Bend National Park to "dress up" in honor of the 75th anniversary.

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Texas Sage and the Christmas Mountains

Mark P Betts posted a photo:

Texas Sage and the Christmas Mountains

The late summer monsoon has been good for Big Bend and just in time for the Anniversary celebrations, the Texas Sage was blooming. I have never seen it blooming in Big Bend and I was surprised how many plants there were because it is certainly hard to miss when it is in bloom!

Texas Sage is Leucophyllum frutescens and is also commonly known as the Barometer Plant due to its habit of blooming after rains follow a long dry spell.

The Christmas Mountains (on the left horizon in this photograph) tower over Study Butte just outside the parks north western entrance.

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As Clouds Roll By

daveanderson14 posted a photo:

As Clouds Roll By

10/1/2019 Lost Mine Trail, The Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park
Nikon D610 Nikon 24.0-120.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

Big Bend National Park

Bird Aficionado Stan posted a photo:

Big Bend National Park

Along the Pinnacles Trail, which I hiked for over 8 miles! It took awhile for my feet to recover.

Fire and Rain over the Rosillos Mountains

Mark P Betts posted a photo:

Fire and Rain over the Rosillos Mountains

The rain was slowly building as I walked back to the Dog Canyon Trailhead pull out. I had a fine view to the west of the Rosillos Mountains and a thunderstorm had built up over the crest of the mountains. The sun was streaming in over the distant thunderhead and appearing through breaks in the clouds that were much closer. For an instant, everything lined up perfectly: the mountains, the rain shaft, the sun, and the fleeting hole in the clouds.

It reminded me of the James Taylor song because I did see Fire and Rain that day.

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Monsoon

AnEyeForTexas posted a photo:

Monsoon

Desert flowers put on a show in celebration of fall rains.

Lostmine trail Milkyway

Vimal V P posted a photo:

Lostmine trail Milkyway

A 2 am hike of lost mine trail at big bend national park Texas gave us this view.

Dog Canyon Trail

Mark P Betts posted a photo:

Dog Canyon Trail

One of my goals during my visit to Big Bend National Park this year was to photograph the Laramide thrust front exposed in Dog Canyon.

The hike out was blistering with a flat trail and no shade. It was 94 degrees Fahrenheit which is cool by Big Bend summer standards but still hot enough to keep me reaching back for my water to make sure I was hydrated.

The vegetation was lush like last year and I was hoping that Nine Point Draw which drains the Northeastern side of the Park and cut the canyon was not full of water like it was last year.

The draw was dry with only a few isolated puddles to hop over.

I photographed the thrust fault with my 11 mm zoom lens and took a rest in the shade of the canyons vertical walls before starting back.

When I climbed out of the draw and onto the flat trail, I was relieved to find glorious clouds were gathering and the temperature was dropping into the low 80's. This was more like it!

I turned around and photographed the canyon and trail with the gathering clouds above.

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Milky Way - Chisos Mountains

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Milky Way - Chisos Mountains

Night sky over the Basin of the Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park, Texas. The Moon had just set below the ridge on the right thus allowing a better view of the Milky Way. Big Bend has some of the darkest skies in the continental U.S. Truly dark skies are a vanishing quantity in our light polluted world. Nikon D-90 with Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm lens.

Sunset through the Window

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Sunset through the Window

Sunset through the Chisos Mountains Basin "Window". A classic view for those staying in the Basin overnight. Big Bend National Park, Texas. Nikon D-90 with Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 18-105 lens.

The Boot - Chisos Mountains

Storm Davis posted a photo:

The Boot - Chisos Mountains

The Boot in the Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park, Texas. This geologic feature is found deep in the Chisos high country. While other locations might call this a hoodoo, here in Big Bend Texas it is simply called the Boot.

Original image was photographed with Ektachrome 100 using a 35mm Minolta SRT101 camera. Image was then later scanned and processed in Photoshop.

Casa Grande Peak - Chisos Mountains

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Casa Grande Peak - Chisos Mountains

Casa Grande Peak - Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park, Texas. Photographed from the Basin at sunset. Nikon D-90 with Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 18-105 lens.

Morning Sunrise Casa Grande Peak

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Morning Sunrise Casa Grande Peak

Casa Grande Peak, Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park. Texas. At 7326 feet (2233 meters) high Casa Grande is a prominent feature seen from the Chisos Mountains Basin. Nikon D-90 with Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 18-105 lens.

Basin Landforms - Chisos Mountains

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Basin Landforms - Chisos Mountains

Basin Landforms, Chisos Mountains Big Bend National Park, Texas. This area of the Chisos Mountains is known as the Pinnacles. It is one of the more heavily forested parts of the Chisos and is in sharp contrast with the surrounding desert ecosystem below. Nikon D-90 with Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 18-105 lens.

Basin Landform - Chisos Mountains

Storm Davis posted a photo:

Basin Landform - Chisos Mountains

Summit of a small peak in the Chisos Mountains Basin area. Big Bend National Park, Texas. Nikon D-90 with Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 18-105 lens.

Rio Grande Sunset (Nikon F3, 50mm f1.8, Kodak Tri-x 400)

davidpaulconnell posted a photo:

Rio Grande Sunset (Nikon F3, 50mm f1.8, Kodak Tri-x 400)

Rio Grande Village, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Basin at Sunset (Nikon F3, 50mm f1.8, Kodak Colorplus 200)

davidpaulconnell posted a photo:

Basin at Sunset (Nikon F3, 50mm f1.8, Kodak Colorplus 200)

Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Storm through the Window

davidpaulconnell posted a photo:

Storm through the Window

Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Heteropogon contortus - tanglehead

Matt Lavin posted a photo:

Heteropogon contortus - tanglehead

Common along the roadsides in Big Bend National Park.

Pinnacles, Big Bend NP

Bird Aficionado Stan posted a photo:

Pinnacles, Big Bend NP