Planning a vacation means making a lot of decisions all at the same time. You have to settle on a destination, secure lodging, plan meals and activities, mark out a traveling route, buy supplies, figure out what to pack—and all this while keeping a close eye on your budget. But if you're preparing for a vacation to Big Bend, we can make some of those decisions a little easier. All you have to do is check out Where to Stay.
If you're thinking of staying in the park itself, then rest assured that the park has just about everything you need to make the experience as good as possible. Bring along anything from an RV to a simple sleeping bag and the park can provide you with a camping site or cabin to suit your needs. Some campers like to just lie out under the night sky and take in all that fresh air, while others a few more creature comforts to truly relax. If staying in-park sounds like the choice for you, just remember to reserve a spot ahead of time.
Of course, going to Big Bend doesn't mean that you have to camp. You may prefer the comfort of a warm bed and shower every morning. If that is the case, then the Where to Stay page on this site can give you all kinds of options. Whether you're interested in a motel, hotel, or resort, there is something in the area that will strike you fancy.
Still having trouble figuring out where to stay? Too many options? Dig a little deeper and use customer reviews and online travel guides to aid you in your search for the perfect accommodations. Take, for example, the travel guides at Fordor's—a website dedicated to helping world travelers and occasional tourists alike. This Fordor's Choice page for Big Bend suggests some places to stay, as well as some fun things to do in the area. As you can see, the Fordor's Choice hotels are Hotel Paisano and Lajitas Resort. Click their names on the page to find out why Fordor's says they're the best.
Snooping around travel sites and review pages may take a little time, but in the end it will definitely be worth it. In the end, you'll find the place of lodging that is the absolute best for your upcoming vacation.
There are some views you just can't take in all at once. Like a dazzling sunset or breathtaking field of wildflowers—you just can't appreciate such beauty in the moment, a moment that is often over before you realize it, the forms and colors of that marvelous vista already fading in your memory. Perhaps it was with the goal of preserving such scenes that the first camera was invented, a goal that you may still share when you visit a place as beautiful as Big Bend and the surrounding area. Why not take a look through our new and improved photo galleries to see what amazing sights have been preserved by astounded visitors and appreciative locals? When you see the mountains, plains, flora, and fauna displayed in those images, you'll be glad the gallery contributors took their camera along.
Among the many activities available in Big Bend National Park that highlight the region's diversity of wildlife, birding can be enjoyable and promising. Big Bend engulfs a vast area, bounded by the the rushing Rio Grande valley to the south, containing high peaks in the Chisos Mountains, and boasting both desert and forest climates between the two. It embodies the very diversity that makes America great, providing countless opportunities to spot more than 450 birds in one area.
What are your new year's resolutions for 2012? Did you keep your resolutions for 2011? While the top resolutions each year include losing weight, learning something new, traveling, or getting out of debt, here's a new challenge you can take on this year: spot all the bird species in Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend has some of the most spectacular scenery in Texas, if not the entire US. Our big sky country rivals any other state and our night skies are as dark as anywhere for excellent star gazing. The beautiful light and great scenery make for a photographer’s paradise.
There are many things you may love to do in Big Bend National Park in the heat of summer, but running or jogging is probably not one of them. With 90+ degree temperatures, there simply is no such thing as a nice July run in West Texas. With the dry weather we've had this year, you have truly hostile workout conditions. That all changes this time of year, though, as temperatures drop and the sun gives us a break for a few months. What a great time to get out on some trails in Big Bend!