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BIG BEND AREA

Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park
A view of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park
Photo courtesy Julie McConnell, 2004

Featured Trip
  • A Flatboat Named Enchilada
    Hot Springs in Big Bend National Park,
    Crossing the Rio Grande, Burro ride, and Boquillas

  • Featured Articles:
  • Big Bend National Park and Robert M. Wagstaff by Mike Cox
    If any mountain or some other notable geologic feature in the Big Bend remains unnamed, by all rights it should honor one Robert M. Wagstaff.
  • Ernst Tinaja by Mike Cox
    A geologic feature in Big Bend National Park called Ernst Tinaja, a deep natural water hole dug out of the bedrock over the millenia by erosion—a place of beauty tainted by a history of death.
  • The Big Bend Then by Maggie Van Ostrand
    "If you know why Texas Ranger Captain Charles L. Nevill spat his fine pipe right out of his mouth, then you know more about Big Bend history than most Texans..."
  • Avisadores: Messengers of Light by Clay Coppedge
    "Put me in another landscape and I might not even notice or imagine this almost subliminal flash of light but Big Bend is, or at least was, the land of avisadores..."
  • Yuccaing it Up In the Big Bend by Frances Giles
    and The Ballad of Dagger Flats (a.k.a. The Adventures of Las Dos Francescas)

  • AREA COUNTIES
    Brewster County, Terrell County, Jeff Davis County, Presidio County,
    covering 14,671 sq. miles.
    AREA CITIES

    Brewster County -
    Alpine
    Castolon - Ghost town
    Hovey - Ghost town
    Lajitas
    Lindsey City - Ghost town
    Marathon
    Mariscal Mine - Ghost town
    Study Butte - Ghost town
    Terlingua - Ghost town
    Big Ben National Park

    Jeff Davis County -
    Chispa - Ghost town
    Fort Davis
    Valentine

    Presidio County
    -
    Adobes - Ghost town
    Candelaria - Ghost town
    Casa Piedra - Ghost town
    Lindsey City - Ghost town
    Marfa
    Plata - Ghost town
    Presidio
    Redford
    Ruidosa - Ghost town
    Shafter - Ghost town
    Tinaja - Ghost town

    Terrell County -
    Cedar Station - Ghost town
    Dryden
    Sanderson

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  • Mariscal Mine
    "Deep inside" Big Bend National Park on Mariscal Mountain. A National Register Historic District.
    Photos courtesy Erik Whetstone

  • NATIONAL PARKS

  • Big Ben National Park
    http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
    http://www.nps.gov/foda/index.htm
  • STATE PARKS IN THE AREA

  • Big Bend Ranch State Park
    P O Box 2319 Presidio TX 79845
    432/229-3416
    Chihuahuan Desert
    Along the Rio Grande from SE Presidio almost to Lajitas
    Brewster and Presidio Counties.
  • Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center
    HC 70, Box 375 Terlingua TX 79852
    432/424-3327
  • Fort Leaton State Historic Site
    P O Box 2439 Presidio TX 79845
    432/229-3613
    Directions: Located 4 miles SE of Presidio on FM 170 (River Road) one of the most scenic drive in Texas.
  • Davis Mountain State Park

  • Brewster County TX 1920s Map
    Brewster County 1920s Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Jeff Davis County TX 1920s Map
    Jeff Davis County 1920s Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Presidio County TX 1920s map
    Presidio County 1920s map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Terrell County TX 1920s Map.
    Terrell County 1920s Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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