Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio

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Big Bend Ranch State Park is a 311,000acre state park located on the Rio Grande in Brewster and Presidio counties, Texas. It is the largest state park in Texas. The closest major town is Presidio, Texas, where the state park's head office is located.FeaturesBig Bend Ranch is located adjacent to Big Bend National Park and shares the national park's Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem. However, in one significant aspect the state park is managed very differently from the nearby national park, as the state park encompasses a network of cattle ranches operated according to the principle of the open range. A herd of longhorn cattle is based here, and there is a semi-annual longhorn roundup.The Big Bend Ranch manages of frontage along the Rio Grande, and river rafting is popular here. Away from the river, visitors can hike, backpack, go horseback riding or enjoy mountain biking in the Big Bend Ranch's substantial backcountry. The park is open year round and an admission fee is charged.FloraDesert vegetation dominates the park including lechuguilla and grama. Other common plants include sotol, ocotillo and mesquite. Along the Rio Grande and around some of the springs in the park are reeds, willows, and cottonwood and ash trees. The park contains most of the existing populations of the federally threatened Hinckley oak.
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  • This was our first trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park. We went mid-week in the spring because we are tent campers, and that means Temperature Matters. Be sure to stop at the Visitor Center on you way i...  more »
  • At a recommendation from some locals: Traveling from Marfa to Terlingua take this most amazing route!!! It is stunning and like no other place in Texas. Take the main road from Marfa to Presidio, then...  more »
  • Big Bend Ranch State Park is crossed by a road that goes from Terlingua to Presidio. This road follows the Valley of the Rio Grande with scenery to take your breath away. A totally unknown to most tourists, road to enjoy taking his time.
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  • I called the ranger station at the last minute too find out if there were any vacancies at the bunk house. They had some beds available, but it is best to make reservations in advance. It is about 1 hour drive on the 27 mile gravel road off of Texas FM 170. I got to ranger station before 5:00 PM and was greeted by friendly rangers. I got everything set and put the vehicle tag in the window. The bunk house has two separate sleeping areas. One for men and one for women. There is a large common area with couches, chairs, 6 large tables, a fire place and a large commercial kitchen. The kitchen has pots and pans, cooking and eating ware, refrigerators and also a large stove. No maid service here so clean up after yourself and be considerate of others. There is an out door camp fire area. You need to check with rangers about firewood. I had an enjoyable time and met some new people. Be sure to bring your food because the nearest store is an hour and a half drive.
  • One of the best places we have camped. Extremely primitive and rugged, but beautiful. Every ranger we encountered was very helpful and nice. Will be going back soon. Great place to get away from it all.
  • Absolutely incredible place to adventure. 300,000 acres of rugged desert. 30 remote campsites all featuring incredible solitude. Explore canyon oasises. Take in the endless vistas and inky black sparkling night time skies. This place is an unknown gem. Can't wait to return.
  • Yes. Come here. Stunning. Different feel than Big Bend National Park. We came with small kids and did the Hoodoo trail and the Closed Canyon Trail. Early February it hit 90 during the day. Bring plenty of water and fill up on gas before entering.
  • Love big bend state park. A group of friends goes out every year to the same campsite and always have a blast. It's always well tended and cared for. There are fire pits with grills, trash cans, a composting outhouse, and a shade structure with several picnic tables.
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