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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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Light review in plant life

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Tom W
San Antonio, Texas
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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.

Thank Tom W
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289 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

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.

Thank packcal
Texas USA
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241 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 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

Thank Steve48Texas
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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 

Thank LimekilnLady
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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46 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 

1 Thank keigrant
Honey Grove, Texas
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206 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 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.

Thank BobShelton
Belton, Texas, United States
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51 reviews
19 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 

1 Thank Melinda G
West Linn, Oregon
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197 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 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.

1 Thank Sherry P
Prattville, Alabama
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

North of Alpine, TX in the Chihuahua Desert is a wonderful Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, another excellent exhibit that included several trails, an excellent mining mock-up, a natural botanical walk and a cactus “warehouse” in a greenhouse. There literally were hundreds of cacti in the greenhouse. We followed up with a 3-mile hike that took us to the bottom of... More 

3 Thank Teri and David B
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Made a trip up Old Ore Road to Ernst Tanaja... highly recommend hiring a guide or at the very least, have a high clearance vehicle with 4 wheel drive. Beautiful!

Thank Jhawk37750

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