Leave Your Mark - Big Bend National Park

Group 6 Big Bend National Park, Texas
Spring, Fall
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About the location

Big Bend National Park in SW Texas is one of the most beautiful yet untouched areas of this country. It's no question why it's featured on Anthony Bourdain's Season 12 of Parts Unknown. The park is larger than the entire state of RI and home to the gorgeous Chisos Mountains, the iconic Rio Grande river, tall limestone canyons, desert, sand and forests. 

Here you will find a blending of cultures, breathtaking landscapes, a warm and passionate community, a slower pace, and an oasis of beauty, peace and solitude. The park offers hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, camping, plant and wildlife spotting, stargazing, touring Mexican villages, horseback riding, delicious BBQ, and more.

It's remoteness and low number of visitors make it that much more special, but are also what requires careful planning. This comprehensive guide is informed by personal experience, deep relationships w/ locals, and thorough research that is otherwise not easily available. Whether you camp or stay in a lodge, plan and bring everything or leave it all to the professionals - or somewhere in between - this is for you!

My cousins and I visited Big Bend in Jan 2017 for a 3-night canoe trip through the Santa Elena Canyon. It was simply one of the coolest, most meaningful, and most challenging experiences to date.

Guide Highlights

Find the top rated mountain hikes, desert walks, and canyon adventures - and the best panoramic views that come with them.

The Park has 200 miles of trails to explore and 118 miles of river. Check out the must do's, such as Emory Peak and Santa Elena Canyon.

Experience a US-Mexico border crossing at Boquillas.

Boat across the Rio Grande for a small fee and explore this Mexican village through food, artisans and color. Don't forget your passport!

Guide Summary

This comprehensive guide has everything you will need for your outdoor adventure in Big Bend, including -

An overview of the Park
Getting there
Where to stay and eat in the Park as well as neighboring towns Terlingua and Lajitas
What to do and see in the Park
Recommended local guides and outfitters
Tips & Etiquette
Packing checklist

Get planning your ultimate adventure and leave your mark in Big Bend National Park!

Featured in this guide

Photo spots
Laid-back or relaxation
Group 32 Historical
Kayaking / Canoeing

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Romantic / Honeymoon
Active / Adventure


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  • Guide Architect

    Maddie McElhenny

    Maddie McElhenny

    On a mission to see and experience as much of this incredible world as possible!

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