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In the remote Big Bend region, hospitality is a long established tradition. Accommodations run the gamut from 4 star luxury resort to economical motel rooms where active visitors can bed down and bathe in between adventures.
Terlingua Business District and Study Butte are small communities clustered near the Junction of Highways TX 118 and FM170 a few miles from the western entrance of Big Bend National Park.See map. There are several comfortable accommodations very convenient to the western entrance of Big Bend National Park.
Marathon is the eastern gateway to Big Bend National Park, about 30 miles north of the northernmost Park entrance. It offers many choices of accommodation styles: from comfortable roadside hotel, to Santa Fe style luxury, to private adobe casitas.
Historic Terlingua offers some unique accommodation and camping options. Go historic or go modern, all within walking distance of restaurants for all three meals. Also enjoy a choice of bars, all with great views of the Chisos Mountains and Big Bend National Park.
The Big Bend area can accommodate every camping style, from full hook up RV units, to remote backroad campsites and everything in between. The weather is usually great, there are few insects and there is plenty of peace and quiet. Some campers simply sleep out on the ground and enjoy the magnificent Big Bend night sky.
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!