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 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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  • This state park is incredible diverse and truly offers something for everyone. The drive along the River Road, Highway 170, is worth the drive alone from Presidio to Terlingua. It's breathtaking, and ...  more »
  • Don't miss this state park if you're in West Texas. The park ranger in neighboring Big Bend NP recommended the drive along Hwy 170 in BBRSP for river views of the Rio Grande, which you don't get as mu...  more »
  • Drive from Marfa down to Presidio and then River Road around to Terlingua. This is a great day out and runs parallel to Mexican border although need to watch when you enter Presidio you go left not ri...  more »
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  • Went in November and it was in the 90s. Still enjoyed all the hikes but would recommend late November or early December when it starts cooling down. Beautiful scenery!
  • This is an absolutely amazing park. The landscape is not as awe inspiring as Big Bend National park, but it is worth some exploration. I plan to visit again and spend more time there.
  • absolutely amazing place. spent 4 days in backcountry and only saw the occasional 4x4 driver passing through. trails are marked well enough with rock cairns, going backwards on the trails can be a bit awkward finding the rock markers occasionally. very remote and rugged and the best night sky in texas!
  • Mountains in the desert! This place is amazing. A conglomeration of small ranches, merged into one in the 60's and given to the state in the 80's (I think). We stayed in one of the ranch houses and our kids slept in the bunk house. We hiked through a couple of canyons where we found pictoglyphs (Indian grafitti?) on a large protected rock and we found a series of hidden pools, water in the desert. We also kayaked on the Rio Grande and shot some very minor Rapids. I would never want to live in this environment, but you owe it to yourself and your kids to check this out! Plan at least 4 days to really experience this. October has reasonable daily high temperatures and very chilly nights
  • I drove the visiting Grand kids out on River road to see the Texas Dark Skies. Spectacular view of the stars. The City Kids freaked out on the natural darkness of the place, got scared of nothing around and wanted to go back to the lights. I could have stayed under the stars all night.

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