Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is in south-western Texas, on the frontier with Mexico, round the great bend in the Rio Grande from which it takes its name. Lying at altitudes of between 1870 ft and 7875 ft, it is made up of three different zones: the valley of the Rio Grande, the desolate landscape of the Chihuan Desert and the Chisos Mountains. Thanks to its great extent and to its range of altitudes it is home to over 400 species of birds, including the golden eagle and the roadrunner, and over 1100 species of plants - a paradise for nature lovers.
Big Bend National Park - Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
Approximately 69 miles of The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River designation lies within Big Bend National Park, and an additional 118 miles borders the Park. Along the park's boundary recreation and preservation are highlighted.
The small town of Alpine is a great stop for outdoor enthusiasts. The town is a good base for exploring the surrounding areas, including Big Bend National Park. Hiking, golfing, hunting, and camping are all popular year-round activities in the area.The town also has something for those interested in the arts and history with musicals, comedies and dramas, as well as art galleries and museums.
Museum of the Big Bend
Museum of the Big Bend features displays related to the history of the region, which has been shaped by a variety of cultures; Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and the Anglo-Americans.There is also a discovery center for children.
Address: Box 210, Alpine, TX 79831-0210, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Donations accepted.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Gift shop
Located along the Rio Grande, Presidio was settled in the 1600's by Spanish missionaries. The town's proximity to Big Bend National Park makes it a popular base for outdoor enthusiasts.
Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Built in the 1770's, the adobe fortress has been partially restored. On display in the fort are exhibits on American Indian, Spanish, Mexican and American cultures as well as the natural history of the area.
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