Where is Big Bend National Park, Texas - Location Map, Travel Info, Facts

Big Bend National Park is located in southwestern Texas, along the Texas-Mexico border. This national park offers hiking, camping, birding, rafting and more.

Big Bend National Park Location Map, Texas

Where is Big Bend National Park Located?

Big Bend National Park is in southwest Texas and includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. Big Bend officially became a national park on June 12, 1944.

Established in 1935, Big Bend National Park has been named after the large bend in the Rio Grande/Río Bravo. The national park is located in West Texas, bordering Mexico. This national park spans over an area of 801,163 acres in Brewster County. Bordered by the areas of Maderas del Carmen in Mexico and Cañón de Santa Elena, the park has a rich cultural history. The cultural resources found here are 10,500 years old. Talking about the geographical features of Big Bend National Park, it has volcanic dikes, sea fossils and dinosaur bones. Here are some important facts about Big Bend National Park.

About Big Bend National Park

  • Flora and Fauna of Big Bend National Park - This park has over 3,600 species of insects, over 450 species of birds, 600 species of vertebrates and above 1,200 species of plants.
  • Tourism at Big Bend National Park - The national park records around 377,154 visitors every year. Backpacking and hiking are the major recreational activities of this park. Santa Elena Canyon, the Mule Ears, the Marufo Vega trail, Grapevine Hills and Chimneys Trail are amongst the major attractions of Big Bend National Park.
  • Officially designated as an international dark-sky park - The International Dark-Sky Association designated the park as an international dark-sky park in 2012 as it has the darkest sky in the 48 adjoining U.S. states.
  • Climate of Big Bend National Park - The national park has a hot semi-arid climate which means it has a dry climate.

Big Bend National Park Facts & Information:

LocationChihuahuan Desert, Texas, United States
Nearest cityAlpine
Coordinates29°15′0″N 103°15′0″WCoordinates: 29°15′0″N 103°15′0″W
Area801,163 acres (3,242.19 km2)[1]
EstablishedJune 12, 1935
Visitors463,832 (in 2019)[2]
Best time to visit Big Bend National ParkThe spring or the fall
Closest CityTerlingua, Alpine

Best Thing to Do in Big Bend National Park

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Hiking Santa Elena Canyon, Santa Elena Canyon overlook, Tuff Canyon, Burro Mesa, see the Mule Ears, sotol vista overlook, Hike the Window Trail, Hike the Lost Mine Trail, Hike the Chisos Basin Loop, Emory Peak, the Highest Point In Big Bend, Hike the South Rim Trail, Rio Grande Hot Springs, Visit Boquillas Del Carmen, Rio Grande Village Nature Trail, Boquillas Canyon Overlook, Hike the Boquillas Canyon Trail, Rio Grande Overlook, Ernst Tinaja, Fossil Discovery Exhibit, Hike To Balanced Rock, Go On A Rio Grande Canoe Trip, Go Star Gazing, Terlingua Ghost Town, Visit Big Bend Ranch State Park, Hike the Ernst Tinaja Trail, Enjoy the view from Emory Peak, Hike the South Rim Trail, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Hike Santa Elena Canyon, Hike to Balanced Rock, the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Go star gazing, Soak in the Rio Grande Hot Springs.