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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

PARK FACTS

Location: Texas

Size: 1,242 sq mi (14th)

About the size of: Rhode Island

Date Established: June 12, 1944 (27th)

Annual Visitation (2018): 440,091 (45th)

Features: canyons, mountains, desert landscapes

Common activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Rafting/Kayaking, Backpacking, Biking, Stargazing

Big Bend National Park is located along the bend in the Rio Grande as it winds through stunning canyons on the Texas-Mexico border. The park also has the only mountain range entirely within a national park: the Chisos Mountains, which rise abruptly out of the Chihuahuan Desert like an island in the sky.

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