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Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park © Surfsupusa at English Wikipedia / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Solitario Peak 4786 ft in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Big Bend Ranch State Park © JasonReina / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Dark Canyon on the Rio Grande River within the bounds of Big Bend Ranch State Park Texas
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1900 South Saucedo
Presidio, Texas   79845
(lat:29.4704 lon:-103.9578) map location

Phone: 432-358-4444
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Email: park email button icon
Big Bend Ranch State Park offers outdoor recreation for the truly adventurous. This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a high desert setting. The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Visitors can hike, mountain-bike, backpack, paddle, ride horses or explore by vehicle the park has two- and four-wheel-drive roads. The park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park learn more about stargazing here. This is Texas' biggest state park.
Campers can choose from drive-up or hike-in primitive sites, or equestrian sites. All sites except backcountry can be reached by vehicle. Some roads require four-wheel-drive or high clearance. Campsites offer solitude and great vistas all except backcountry offer some camp amenities.

Big Bend Ranch State Park is

Horse Area
Exploring Big Bend Ranch State Park on horseback is a true wild west experience. Horses can be ridden in most areas of the park. Mules are allowed, also. Some campsites have pens. Agua Adentro Pens is the best base for a horseback trip.
1. Big Bend Ranch State Park offers numerous picnic spots with stunning views of the Chihuahuan Desert.
2. Picnic tables are available at Fort Leaton and Barton Warnock Visitor Centers.
3. Visitors can enjoy a riverside picnic along the Rio Grande River, accessible by car or hiking trails.
4. The park provides grills for barbecuing near some designated picnicking areas.
5. For an adventurous experience, try backcountry picnicking in more remote parts of this vast wilderness area.

Biking options are abundant, with over 230 miles of multi-use trails available. Be aware that these can be challenging.

The terrain varies greatly from flat dirt roads to steep rocky paths requiring advanced skills and fitness levels.

Riding at night is not recommended due to the rugged nature of the landscape and potential wildlife encounters.

Always carry plenty of water as temperatures often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer months.

Maps for all trail systems are provided but it's easy to get lost so always stay alert on your route.

Remember: cell service is unreliable here; consider a GPS device or compass for navigation purposes.

Helmets must be worn by bikers under age 17 according to Texas law - safety first!

Before setting off, check weather forecasts carefully since flash floods occur frequently during rainy seasons.

For less experienced riders, guided tours may provide safer biking experiences while still enjoying scenic views offered by this park.
The park has 238 miles of multiuse trails for hiking, biking and riding horses. Explore 70 miles of unmaintained dirt roads in high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo area offers great day-use access. Float, fish and hike, or drive the scenic Camino del Rio FM 170.
More than 300 bird species live in the parks various Chihuahuan Desert habitats grasslands, desert scrub, canyons, and riparian woodlands and thickets.

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