A 24-mile paved highway from Big Bend National Park headquarters to one of the major canyons of the Rio Grande. This route crosses a vast sweep of the Chihuahuan Desert in its descent from the foothills of the Chisos Mountains to the Rio Grande. Views stretch for many miles, with little sign of human activity. Big Bend National Park occupies more than 1,200 square miles and, combined with two other large tracts of public land (Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area), sets aside an enormous area free of most development.
Across the Rio Grande in Mexico the Mexican government is trying to create some form of protected area as a twin park to Big Bend. But even without such designation the land across the river is only lightly settled. Special attractions: Boquillas Canyon, Boquillas (Mexico), Hot Springs, Rio Grande Village Nature Trail, birds. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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