Big Bend National Park: A World Away From Normal

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It’s time to get out that checklist of places you want to go on vacation. With the weather starting to cool down and winter bearing down on everyone in the northern half of the United States, somewhere South would be a great idea for you to hitch up your RV and take an extended vacation. But, where to? I have an idea! Try Big Bend National Park in West Texas, just on the border of Mexico.

Location

Big Bend is one of the most remote National Parks in the country, therefore, getting there is trip in itself. It’s about 320 miles, or 5 hours worth of driving, southeast of El Paso. Covering over 800,000 acres of land (larger than the entire state of Rhode Island!), with 118 miles along the border of Mexico, Big Bend is a wonder of natural, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor activities. You’ll likely never run out of things to do or places to see while you’re there.

Outdoor Activities

With canyons, mountains, rivers, and lakes, it’s an outdoor lover’s dream. The Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most well known features of the park and is a perfect daytime touring spot via raft or canoe. When’s the last time you floated down a river in canyon? My guess is that it’s been too long. For the hikers in your family, they’ll be glad to know that there are over 150 miles of hiking trails, allowing you to explore the beauty of the park and get up close and personal with plenty of flora and fauna. if you’d rather see the park via horseback, then there are a few touring companies that do guided tours, from 3 hours to multiple day treks. With the winter temperatures averaging 68 degree highs and 35 degree lows during December and January, it’s a year-round vacation spot!

Bird Watching

With over 450 species that frequent the park, you’ll have your hands full when it comes to identifying all of the different species that you see. You’ll see the┬áLucifer Hummingbird, Flammulated Owl, Black-chinned Sparrow, Green Kingfisher, and Pyrrhuloxia, to name a few. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

Sightseeing

If you’re a big fan of taking in the sights of the land around you, then Big Bend is the place to be. With the Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande Canyons, Boquillas Canyon, Lower Canyons and the Chisos Mountains all contained within the park, you’ll never grow tired of seeing something you’ve never seen before.

RV Parks

With Big Bend being a popular attraction for RVers, there are plenty of RV parks to set up shop just a short drive away from the park.

When you and your family are considering where to take your vacation, consider Big Bend. We’re sure you’d love it and will come back year after year.

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