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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  • All the road through the park along the wonderful hills and mounts is amazing. This is a geological treasure to see all the kinds of erosion by wind, water running and rocks slides, fault lines from e...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the drive, there are some spectacular views. Stop by the visitor center on the east of the park they have a very interesting display on the history of the area. Word of caution, there w...  more »
  • We only had a little time but the drive from Terlingua toward Lajitas along Hwy 170 if breathtaking. You will see a better view of the Rio Grande that separates Texas from Mexico than at the national ...  more »
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  • So much yes!!! My family and I wanted a rugged location with as few people around us as possible. Big Bend State Park Ranch delivered and than some. The historic sites were amazing and required effort to reach some of them (no pulling up and getting out moost of them), we spend entire days not seeing another human, the scenery is breath taking and the sense of stillness is perfect. If you need to un-plug in Texas this is the place to go. You do need a 4 wheel drive with clearance if you plan on getting to their back country sites. Jeep Wrangler with 33in tires was perfect.
  • 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.
  • A hidden treasure! Big bend national park was the best part of it further south east. I drove the whole length of it and loved the views. I would recommend a gas can because gas prices where about 40 cents more since the areas are pretty secluded.
  • 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.
  • Lots of fun things to do if you love nature.
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