Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio

#33 of 107 in Wildlife in Texas
Big Bend Ranch State Park is a 311,000acre state park located on the Rio Grande in Brewster County and Presidio County, 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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  • We spent three nights at the Guale 2 campsite and had a great time. The view from the campsite was amazing with beautiful sunrises. The staff at the Sauceda Ranger Station were very friendly and helpf...  more »
  • I was clumsy in Texas and wanted to look a little Texas me. Because, of course, the choice fell on this park! First of all, you need no SUV, but if you can ride even offsite, what has made me more fun. What rewards the long journey however, is the Santa Elena Canyon! I unfortunately didn't have time to explore the rest, but this was really worth the trip and even the breath-taking scenery surrounded by nothing. Each case go on, if you're nearby!
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  • We drove through this park in May, when it was already 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I imagine it would be a nicer drive in the Spring or Fall when it would not be as hot. The park is beautiful and has some...  more »
  • Great state park with lots of mountain bike trails and a simple gift shop. The rangers are very nice and helpful. Roads are rocky throughout so bring a truck for the best access. There is no wifi here and cell service is limited.
  • Great Place for an adventure! You're secluded so be prepared. Off road vehicles are recommended for any of the secondary roads. Bring a camera!
  • Beautiful state park, very remote, no paved roads within this park which is great for 4x4 vehicles. We camped on the side of a mountain with literally no one around for miles. Cell phone reception is almost zilch here
  • Most enchanting park in Texas. Hands down the most amazing camping experience I've had in this state.
  • Beautiful place to go kayaking down the Rio Grande, with scenic & spectacular views. Too hot to hike here in July!

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