Texas March 12, 2019
This Entire Town In Texas Was Turned Into A State Park You Can’t Pass Up
Big Bend National Park, Texas. That’s right, our state’s most magical place is a city all its own. There’s no such thing as a bad time to visit this ethereal mountain landscape, you’ll be met with an absolutely enchanting sight by heading out there soon. We’re in the midst of West Texas’ most spectacular bluebonnet bloom to date, and it’s truly a treat to behold.
The magic begins at first sight of the majestic Chisos mountains looming ahead. As you inch farther and farther away from civilization, there's an indescribable shift in the air that can only be understood once it's been felt.
For those who don't love hiking, over 100 miles of desert roads are an excellent way to experience the scenery. One of our favorites is the
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, as it leads to breathtaking overlooks, a few easy trails, and the iconic Santa Elena Canyon.
Carved out by the Rio Grande long ago, this 1500-foot tall limestone chasm is one of the park's most magnificent features. Its left wall is in Mexico while the right is in Texas, a unique fact unbeknownst to many. Hike down to the canyon floor or take the whole family on a relaxing float trip, packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the hidden sandy beach deep within.
Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy over 150 miles of trails. This incredible view is known as The Window, and it's easily the most photographed spot in Big Bend. The full hike is a moderately difficult 5.6-mile round trip, while a wheelchair accessible, .3-mile path cuts right to the chase.
When night falls, the desert sky is set ablaze by trillions of twinkling stars. Light pollution is essentially nonexistent due to the area's extreme remoteness, allowing for unadulterated views of the enchanting Milky Way band.
Since hiking in the dark can be dangerous, there are four campgrounds you can choose from. Most of the sites are first-come, first-served, however a handful can be reserved in advance. Click
here for more information.
If we somehow still haven't convinced you to visit, here's one last reason: bluebonnets! Our state flower has completely taken over the mountainsides in one of the most impressive blooms to date.
here for a slew of information about the park, including suggested itineraries, directions, current weather conditions, and much more. Time to start planning a trip!
Have you ever visited Big Bend? If so, was it during springtime when the wildflowers were blooming? What’s your favorite hike or scenic drive in the park? Let us know all your thoughts about this amazing place!
To learn more about Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, check out
this article from the archives.