Along the border with Mexico, in remote southern Texas, the Rio Grande takes a sharp turn. Here you will find towering mountains, dry deserts, hot springs, and some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Welcome to Big Bend National Park.
We were blown away by the beauty of this park and shocked that nobody really talks about it. We spent six days here in February, backpacking in the Chisos Mountains, kayaking along the border of Mexico, and relaxing in the neighboring Mexican village of Boquillas.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Profound Big Bend
- Our Video Highlights
- Our podcast episode, The (Park) Road Less Traveled
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Hike in the Chisos Mountains, ideally to the South Rim.
- Explore the desert terrain along a scenic drive
- Walk or kayak through Santa Elena Canyon along the Rio Grande
- Backpack in the Chisos Mountains
- Take the short rowboat ride over the border to the small Mexican town of Boquillas for a margarita
- Drive to a backcountry campsite in the wilderness
- Soak in the hot springs as the sun goes down
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.