Big Bend National Park


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Big Bend National Park,

801,163 acres (324,471 hectares), W Tex.; authorized 1935, est. 1944. It is a triangle formed where the Rio Grande runs southeast then northeast in a big bend along the U.S.-Mexico border, notably through deep canyons such as the Santa Elena. The river, the Chihuahan desert plain, and the Chisos Mts. offer sharp contrasts in wilderness scenery. The park has petrified trees, vestiges of prehistoric cultures, and rare forms of animal and plant life. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
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acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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 (table). One hundred miles (160 km) to the west is Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest Texas state park, established in 1988 and covering 287,000 acres (116,200 hectares).

Big Bend National Park

Address:PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Phone:432-477-2251
Fax:432-477-1175
Web: www.nps.gov/bibe/
Size: 801,163 acres.
Established: Authorized on June 20, 1935; established on June 12, 1944. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
Location:Situated on the boundary with Mexico along the Rio Grande; park headquarters is 70 miles south of Marathon, TX and 108 miles from Alpine, TX via Hwy 118. Three paved roads lead to the park: US 385 from Marathon to the north entrance; SR 118 from Alpine to the west entrance; and Ranch Road 170 from Presidio to Study Butte, and then SR 118 to the west entrance.
Facilities:Lodge (é), campgrounds (open year-round; @di), picnic area, rest rooms (é), restaurant (é), visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, float trips (outfitters just outside the park).
Special Features:Mountains contrast with desert within the great bend of the Rio Grande, as the river waters rush through deep-cut canyons and the open desert for 118 miles. More than 450 species of birds have been seen in the park, with large migrations occurring in the spring. The fossil record at Big Bend spans a rich history of 35 million years within the Cretaceous Period. More than 90 dinosaur species, nearly 100 plant species, and more than two dozen fish, frogs, salamanders, turtles, crocodiles, lizards, and even early mammals have been discovered here, providing one of the most complete pictures of a prehistoric ecosystem known anywhere on earth.

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For Raymond Skiles, a wildlife biologist for Big Bend National Park, the reintroduction is an important step toward restoring the park's ecosystem.
In addition to the 514,000-acre Maderas del Carmen and the 684,000-acre Santa Elena Canyon Protected Areas in Mexico, both created in 1994, the region includes the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park, the 107,000-acre Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, and the 280,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas--a combined borderlands area of 2.
At Big Bend National Park in Texas, views that should exceed 100 miles often are clouded over by haze, particularly during summertime.
Blue Skies Over Big Bend, Big Bend National Park, Texas.
Nearby Big Bend National Park in Texas and two newly established natural reserves in Mexico provide a wealth of natural, cultural, and archaeological wonders, but there is little local infrastructure in Mexico or Texas to support or entice visitors to the area.
Rangers at the Big Bend National Park in west Texas said the puma probably attacked the family because a drought had made food scarce.
On the environmental front, the coal-fired Piedras Negras Carbon I power plant in Coahuila, Mexico, soon to be joined by its cousin Carbon II, will belch out some 200,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per year, reducing visibility at Texas's Big Bend National Park by an estimated 60 percent.
Much of it will head straight for Texas's Big Bend National Park, where National Park Service officials believe it could reduce visibility by as much as 60 percent.
The petrified wood containing the nest was originally discovered by Abbott last decade in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas.
The Boquillas Port of Entry within Big Bend National Park, providing access to the town of Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico, as well as the protected areas of Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo, and Caon de Santa Elena, will start summer hours of operation beginning March 11, 2018.
Moreover, it is noteworthy that the two primary locations of known breeding areas for peregrine falcons in Texas (USFWS, 1984; Peterson and Zimmer, 1998) include two national parks in the Trans-Pecos region of the state, Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, both of which provide ample access for researchers and bird observers.