The Big Bend National Park is a wonderland of desert beauty that has something to offer everyone. Dubbed el despoblado, "the uninhabited land" by Spanish explorers, this area is harsh, dry, beautiful, and dangerous, but time seems to stand still in the silence of the Chisos Mountains or while floating down the Rio Grande River. If you ever wanted to get away from it all and back to nature, Big Bend is the perfect spot.
The name of the park comes from the u-shaped bend in the Rio Grande River that acts as the border between Texas and Mexico. Most of the park is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, which extends deep into Mexico, but the park also contains the rugged greenery of the Rio Grande Flood plains and the woodlands of the Chisos Mountains. Geologists and rock collectors love the fossils, limestone and sandstone formations in the Santa Elena, Mariscal and Boquillas canyons, while birdwatchers delight in the 450 different types of birds ranging from the comic roadrunner to the humming bird and peregrine falcon. Rugged outdoorsmen have several hundred miles of trails to choose from while the more leisure traveler can drive more than 100 miles of scenic roads.