Big Bend National Park
Big Bend seen form Angel's Landing in Zion
Santa Elena Canyon and Rio Grande at Big Bend Nati
Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande River

Covering well over 1,000sq miles of protected landscapes and encompassing a quarter of the Rio Grande's natural border between Mexico and the United States, Big Bend is one of the most remote and lesser visited national parks in America but don't let that put you off. Filled with dusty trails which lead high up into the mountains before descending deep into cool shaded valleys, hiking is pretty much the best means of getting around in Big Bend although idly floating down the river comes a pretty close second. With some spectacular rock formations (layered canyons and sandstone towers), this is an excellent chance to experience all that Texas has to offer, and despite the rather harsh conditions you'll still find numerous critters and no end of cacti making Big Bend National Park perfect for nature trails.

View Big Bend National Park tours     Request a brochure

Highlights & Activities
  • Chihuahuan Desert

    Chihuahuan Desert This vast and arid landscape just cries out for the howl of a coyote as you set up camp for the night and stare into the night's sky as the first stars begin to pinprick the enveloping darkness. Photography, hiking and horse-riding are all excellent options on a guided tour and if you're searching for peace and quiet with some of the most sublime sun sets this side of the Mexican border then the Chihuahuan Desert is as near to perfection as you're going to get.

  • Chisos Mountains

    Chisos Mountains Situated within the Chihuahuan Desert and entirely within the boundaries of Big Bend National Park (the only range to do so in the US), the Chisos Mountains stretch for around 20 miles and feature an extensive trail system as well as sites for overnight camping. Some of the desert views from Emory Peak (the highest at almost 8,000ft) are simply spectacular and following the 9 mile trail to the summit is fairly hard going but definitely an option for fit and healthy hikers.

  • Rio Grande

    Rio Grande As mentioned, around a quarter of the Rio Grande's total length meanders through Big Bend National Park creating a natural border with Mexico and helping to support much of the park's native flora and fauna. The river provides obvious recreational potential and days spent floating through canyons and past scenery (rarely glimpsed by hikers) often caps a thoroughly absorbing exploration of one of America's most remote national parks.


When to go

This is where adventures in Big Bend National Park really come into their own and if you've ever fancied gazing up at the night's sky bereft of artificial light interference then zip up your sleeping bag and extend your telescope because this is an official Dark Sky Park. Thanks to Big Bend's remote location, general lack of cloud and lower humidity levels, you'll find a bedazzling array of some 2000 stars that can be seen without the aid of a telescope and although the winter nights can get a bit nippy this should by no means stand in the way of what promises to be a completely absorbing experience.


Insider Tip: An official dark sky park
Star-gazing in Big Bend National Park

This is where adventures in Big Bend National Park really come into their own and if you've ever fancied gazing up at the night's sky bereft of artificial light interference then zip up your sleeping bag and extend your telescope because this is an official Dark Sky Park. Thanks to Big Bend's remote location, general lack of cloud and lower humidity levels, you'll find a bedazzling array of some 2000 stars that can be seen without the aid of a telescope and although the winter nights can get a bit nippy this should by no means stand in the way of what promises to be a completely absorbing experience.


Tours that visit Big Bend National Park

  • TEXAS RANGER

    10 days | USA South | Hotels

    May-Oct from

    Leisurely

    Texas, otherwise known as The Lone Star State, has a long and colourful past. As the largest of the lower 48 states, Texas remains today a symbol of strength and the western way of life, and you're guaranteed a big-hearted welcome

    LATE BOOKING DEALS AVAILABLE - SAVE 30%

    View tour


Request a brochure
View our interactive map
Call us
0333 999 7965
Call us
1800 873-5872
Call us 1300 030 714
Call us 0800 102 364
+44 208 682 8921
Real Americas | Real Adventure