Big Bend National Park Captures Raw Beauty
Pockets Of Isolation Make This A Camping Favorite
From a primitive hot spring to 200 miles of hiking trails, the Big Bend National Park captures the raw beauty of west Texas surrounded by breathtaking Rio Grande beauty. Here in the Lone Star state, where “where everything is bigger,” this national park heaps on nature, recreation and history for big-time family fun, earning it a spot on Fleetwood’s favorite national parks list.
“There’s a vastness here, and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that vastness into their soul.” – Hotelier Conrad Hilton
Rising nearly a mile above the desert floor of Texas, the park’s solitary Chisos Mountains create a stunning landscape for orange-tinged sunsets, and with more than 100 miles of paved roads, 150 miles of dirt roads and 200 miles of hiking trails, visitors can enjoy the vista with plenty of isolation to go around. Did we mention, the Rio Grande River borders the park for 118 miles?
In fact, this destination is so serene — and varied — migrating birds take refuge in Big Bend National Park. According to the National Parks Service, northern species migrate here for the warm winter climate, while birds from the tropics range this far north to breed in the spring. Meanwhile, the Colima warbler is found exclusively in the United States in the Chisos Mountains from April to September. And if birds don’t catch your interest, watch for foxes, roadrunners, javelinas, black bears and even mountain lions – though hopefully from a distance.
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK RV CAMPING
Set in a large grove of cottonwoods adjacent to the Rio Grande River, the Rio Grande Village allows motorhomes up to 40 feet, and 25 of the concession-operated RV sites provide full hookups, paved lots and grassy, tree-lined edges. For reservations, call 1-877-386-4383 or 432-477-2293. Visitors can also stay at Cottonwood Campground, a shady retreat between the Castolon Historic District and the Santa Elena Canyon, but these sites don’t offer hookups. The Chisos Basin Campground, though convenient to the most popular trails, is not recommended for motorhomes because this campground is only accessible by narrow, windy roads.