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Big Bend National Park is located in west Texas, bordered on the south by 118 miles (190km) of the Rio Grande River which separates Texas from Mexico. The Rio Grande has carved spectacular canyons along this boundary with tall walls of limestone that appear red with the sun.
This park is one of the least visited in the National Park system. Maybe the extremes in temperature are the reason. It can be in to 100’s in the summer, and sometimes below freezing in the winter.
The only lodging, besides camping, is in the Chisos Mountains Lodge, located in the middle of the park. You can reach this lodge by car
If you enjoy camping there are two campgrounds; Rio Grande Village along the Rio Grande; and Chisos Basin Campground located 5400 feet above sea level. Accommodating RV’s, trailers, and tents, there is also a camp store in case you forget something or run out of supplies.
Close to Rio Grande Village campground are the Hot Springs. Remnants of an old hotel and small shops are all that remain of a bath house here. Legend states that the Indians of this region built the walls surrounding the natural hot springs, and that later a hotel and bath house were built on this foundation. You can soak in the hot water, then ease yourself into the Rio Grande for a cool down.
There are also many hiking, mountain biking, and walking trails throughout the park. Guided rafting trips along the river are usually two day trips.