Big Bend Ranch State Park

Presidio, Texas

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The 300,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park extends along the Rio Grande for 60 miles between Presidio and Lajitas and encompasses the geologically unique Solitario and scenic Bofecillos Creek. Park information and interpretation are available at the Barton Warnock Environmental Center at Lajitas and at Fort Leaton and Sauceda. The Warnock Center also offers a self-guided botanical garden, featuring characteristic Chihuahuan Desert plants. Fort Leaton was built in 1848 on the site of an earlier fort established during the U.S.-Mexican War by Benjamin Leaton, a scalp hunter. Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus and Rock Wrens, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Blackthroated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Elf Owl, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Lucifer Hummingbird, Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds, Chihuahuan Raven, Bell’s Vireo, Lucy’s Warbler, Summer Tanager, Varied and Painted Buntings, Bronzed Cowbird, and Hooded and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Anna’s Hummingbird; Dusky and Gray Flycatchers.

Big Bend Ranch State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The 300,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park extends along the Rio Grande for 60 miles between Presidio and Lajitas and encompasses the geologically unique Solitario and scenic Bofecillos Creek. Park information and interpretation are available at the Barton Warnock Environmental Center at Lajitas and at Fort Leaton and Sauceda. The Warnock Center also offers a self-guided botanical garden, featuring characteristic Chihuahuan Desert plants. Fort Leaton was built in 1848 on the site of an earlier fort established during the U.S.-Mexican War by Benjamin Leaton, a scalp hunter.

Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus and Rock Wrens, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Blackthroated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Elf Owl, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Lucifer Hummingbird, Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds, Chihuahuan Raven, Bell’s Vireo, Lucy’s Warbler, Summer Tanager, Varied and Painted Buntings, Bronzed Cowbird, and Hooded and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Anna’s Hummingbird; Dusky and Gray Flycatchers."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Presidio
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities; September-October for fall migrants; November-March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Bend Ranch State Park

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May 2018