Big Bend National Park in Texas, along the Rio Grande River and the border with Mexico, is the 15th largest national park in the United States. Big Bend allows backcountry camping, hiking, bicycling, bird watching and river rafting among its activities and encompasses over 800,000 acres of desert, mountains and forests.
There are 116 backcountry campsites in Big Bend National Park along with 201 miles of hiking trails, 7 picnic areas, and over 300 miles of paved and unpaved roads on which to traverse the countryside.
The elevation of the park ranges from 1,800 feet in the canyons to as high as 7,832 feet at its highest point, which is the summit of Emory Peak.
The summers in Big Bend can be scorching hot but spring and autumn are usually pleasantly warm; the winters are comparatively mild, with occasional temperatures that dip below freezing.
Self-guided day hikes through the Chisos Mountains can be made using such trails as the 9 mile long Emory Peak Trail, the 12 mile long South Rim Trail, the 4 mile long Window Trail or the nearly 5 mile long Lost Mine Trail.
Float trips down the Rio Grande River that can be as short as half a day or as long as ten days can be arranged; a popular trip is the one through Boquillas Canyon, a journey which is 33 miles long and takes 2 to 3 days to complete.
There is plentiful wildlife in Big Bend National Park with such mammal species as javelinas, cougars, mule deer, black bears, coyotes, gray foxes and as many as 20 separate types of bats.