I feel like the best of Big Bend came out to greet us last week when we visited our 26th national park.

The stars were twinkling, the wildlife was abundant (one elk, six mule deer, one Mexican black bear, lots of roadrunners and jackrabbits), and the amazing views practically slapped us in the face.

We were blown away. We had heard pretty great things about Big Bend, but what we experienced far exceeded our expectations.

Big Bend National Park video


We visited the park in fashion typical of most travelers: hiking the Chisos Mountains, seeing the Rio Grande up close, and meandering through the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. But we also tried to get off the path in atypical #SwitchbackStyle: crossing into the Mexican village of Boquillas, kayaking through Santa Elena Canyon, and backpacking to the Chisos Mountain’s Emory Peak and South Rim.

Big Bend National Park Video

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For all the snippets of our trip watch our Big Bend National Park video below!


Check out our profound questions from park and the reflections it caused in our Big Bend post and People of the Parks.

Written by Elizabeth

  • Brian Sumner

    Great video of big bend. I gotta go there. That stone skipping was awesome, like about 20. Love you guys. Hope your feeling better Eliz.

    • I learned from the best, dad!! 🙂

  • Susie

    Thanks–that was lovely to see Mtns., Desert & River! & how cool to kayak on the Rio Gande :- ) You’re going to love AZ & Utah later!
    (& yes, awesome stone skipping, Elizabeth!)

    • Thanks, Susie! So far AZ is as incredible as we’ve been told!

  • T-mama

    Wow! I’m really liking the new talkies! Beautiful video and gave a great feel for the place.

  • Did you kayak upstream and back or use a shuttle? Who did you rent your kayak from?

    • The current was almost nonexistent so we were able to kayak upstream and leisurely float back. We have an inflatable kayak that fits into our cartop carrier, so we didn’t have to rent!

      • Let’s hope it’s the same when we’re there. 🙂