BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
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.