Chihuahuan Desert

Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend National Park: Address, Chihuahuan Desert Reviews: 4.5/5

Chihuahuan Desert
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This large desert makes up most of Big Bend National Park.
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Apr 2021
The Chihuahuan, the largest desert in North America, spans parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. There is no better place to enjoy the Chihuahuan desert than Big Bend National Park. As America's fifteenth largest national park, Big Bend is the largest protected portion of the Chihuahuan desert in the US. There are numerous desert hikes from easy to strenuous. Our group hiked Persimmon Gap Draw and the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trails to name just a few. If you are a newbie to desert hiking, you might be surprised at how much water (2-3 liters), sunscreen (a lot), and adequate sun protection (hat/visor/bandanna) is required. My other surprise: the desert is not a barren expanse. Instead, it is green and lush, alive with colorful flowers and plants blossoming in unexpected places! It can also be extremely hot. Always keep an eye on the weather and plan your hikes accordingly.
Written April 19, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL15,275 contributions
Mar 2021
The Chihuahuan is one of 4 deserts in North America and the largest hot, desert. While 2/3 of it are in Mexico, the Chihuahuan dominates the land scape of West Texas as well as southern New Mexico where we spent a week visiting all 4 National Parks in the Chihuahuan. Big Bend is the best preserve of Chihuahuan desert and one of the things you come here to experience. Many will simply see its vastness and say boring. However, I found it amazing to experience whether hiking in Big Bend or driving across West Texas. There is a beauty in its vastness and remoteness and it is unlike anything else. Our group may not be looking to move full time to the Chihuahuan, but we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent here and Big Bend was the best of it.
Written April 10, 2021
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RetiredTXTraveler
Texas188 contributions
Feb 2020
This is really a great spot to travel to in the winter if you are not a fan of cold. Though the mornings were in the 40s it was in the 80's by mid afternoon. Lots of varieties of cactus and great rock formations. Plenty of trails to hike just bring your own water because there are not stores around.
Written February 26, 2020
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weisbrew1
Cave City, KY195 contributions
May 2019 • Family
We took a couple of hikes in the desert. The prickly pear cactus were in bloom as were some others. We saw jackrabbits and lizards and a couple of snakes. We also saw a lot of wildflowers along the trails.
Written May 23, 2019
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Ben P
Curtice, OH422 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
This is an amazing contrast to the other desert ecosystems of the Southwest and one that is worth seeing!
Written July 21, 2018
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,933 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We like taking our vacations to interesting places. I liked the desert. It has it's own beauty & is also interesting. Hiking is different & we had to adjust to prickly cacti & blazing heat. We traveled from Big Bend to Southern New Mexico in The Chihuahuan desert.
We live in the Midwest though & I have to admit, when we started home & began to see more trees & green I was very happy.
Written May 6, 2018
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,069 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Love the drive through the desert. We saw all kinds of wildlife and plants. We saw plenty of road runner and lizards. We loved all the variety of cacti. The purple cactus was our favorite.
Written December 31, 2017
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Foodandfrolic
Monument, CO184 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Love the wildlife here, watching tarantulas hop across the road and the roadrunners... But why do they want to cross the road?????
Written October 28, 2017
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SouthwestCrow
58 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Northern Chihuahuan Desert is stunning. Wildlife, terrain, Cacti, and land formations enough to keep you busy for some time. This is a geological paradise. Meteorites can be found with ease on any simple hike. At night the game is to see who can spot the first constellation of the night because in ten minutes the sky will be lit up with so many stars it'll make your head spin. If you are a careful sky watcher you can see satellites crossing the sky.
Written October 6, 2017
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Dave P
Spartanburg, SC439 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Authentic desert landscape and flora and fauna. We stopped at several places to photograph the cactus, sage and other desert plants. We saw plenty of road runners, several snakes (Western Coachwhip) and an enormous Tarantula crossing the road !!
Written September 19, 2017
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