Do you enjoy rafting, canoeing, swimming, or simply gazing out over the majestic Rio Grande? Do you feel nature should be pure, clean, and free from human trash and pollution? Would you like to help make Big Bend better and more pleasing for wildlife and visitors alike? If you're nodding your head or saying "yes" as you read these questions, then you're a perfect candidate for the second annual River Cleanup Day this November 12.
This is a great opportunity for families and groups to work together to help restore the natural beauty of Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande. Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park are providing everything, from permits to materials, and even the shuttles to get you around. So, why not go to this article, where you'll find the contact information you need to get started making one of America's greatest natural wonders greater than ever?
Acts of Heroism
The brave members of the National Park Service are often helping visitors out, sometimes even with their medical emergencies. This article tells two of such stories. Imagine: the same rescue team saving two people from difficult-to-reach mountain sites at night, both rescues happening on two consecutive nights! When you visit the park, aren't you glad that there are rangers and officials dedicated to taking care of everyone's safety?
As the physical construction of the Boquillas crossing begins, CBP (that is, Customs and Border Protection) is currently making a rulebook of procedures that will go along with the port of entry. This is all open for comment at this site, but will only stay open for 60 days
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!