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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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This large desert makes up most of Big Bend National Park.

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Awe inspring views, nice trails, great rocky terrain

As you drive on paved and unpaved roads in the big bend, the biggest feature that you cant miss is the desert landscape around you. This place gets only 5 to 10 inches of rain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
Vaibhav A
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Atlanta, Georgia
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265 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is an easy loop trail in the desert. The trail head is a short ways off the main road at a sign for Dugout Wells. The trail only takes abut half an hour. Lots of different desert plants to see. At the Dugout Wells itself is an old windmill. There are lots of trees there and a bench so... More 

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Thank nicolediane
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

As you drive on paved and unpaved roads in the big bend, the biggest feature that you cant miss is the desert landscape around you. This place gets only 5 to 10 inches of rain annually. If you are looking for some peaceful time, with some great options for hiking, awe inspiring views, and lots of different types of desert... More 

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Thank Vaibhav A
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I'm not a guru in plant life but this place provided a brief and complete insight into the plant kingdom. The view was breath-taking.

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Thank Tom W
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305 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Chihuahuan Desert is greener and more colorful in our experience compared to the drier and possibly generally lower elevation Sonoran and Mohave deserts. Impressive even without the profusion of yellow, purple, red and other flowers which were blooming late April.

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Thank packcal
Texas USA
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240 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The desert is very amazing which offers quite a variety of flora along with many animals, hiking trails, 4 wheel and mountain bike trails so how can you beat it !! Fantastico

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Thank Steve48Texas
Florida
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75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

I hired two reputable outfitters to take my husband and me on the back roads of this magnicent park that we had only had time to visit, not stay, two years earlier. We lucked out with both guides. One took us on the Old Oar Road including the narrow canyon to see the Ernst Tenaja ( a fantastic water hole).... More 

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Prepare for your visit. Understand what wildflowers will be in blown. Know when the cacti bloom. Learn about those who settled in this region long ago. Learn about the relationship among the border folks on both sides of the Rio. Learn about the geology of the area. Doing all these things may give you a better perspective on what you're... More 

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1 Thank keigrant
Honey Grove, Texas
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207 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This desert cannot be seen in one day. There is too much of it and many of the back roads are primitive. It is a wonderful place to spend some time and clear your head.

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Thank BobShelton
Belton, Texas, United States
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Visited the desert by the dinosaur fossil exhibit and the north entrance @ Persimmon Gap (the desert is really the park with rocks, geological formations and mountains in it). We had a great time, not at all hot (picked a good time of the year) and the wide expanse is just amazing because the park just seems to go on... More 

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1 Thank Melinda G
West Linn, Oregon
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215 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

OMG! The desert was a mass of diverse flowers. We took so many photos! I've never seen such an amazing desert...a very special place.

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