Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Big Bend National Park

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 Monuments (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).
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Big Bend Ranch State Park

Location:Western portion of the state, along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio to near Lajitas.
Facilities:Primitive campsites, group camps, picnic areas, OHV trails, hiking trails, bridle trails, bike trails, bike rentals.
Activities:Camping, fishing, rafting, canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking, backpacking, OHV riding, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Embracing some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, the park encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. The park is home to a tremendous diversity of animal and plant species, including 14 species of bats, several species of hummingbirds, and at least 11 other rare plants and animals, including Hinckley oaks and mountain lions. The park also maintains a small herd of Texas longhorn cattle, a remnant of the property's ranching heritage.
Address:PO Box 2319
Presidio, TX 79845

Size: 299,008 acres.

See other parks in Texas.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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Results of surveys for Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana at the Fresno Creek Bridge, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio, Co., Texas, and the 24 h temperature ranges ([degrees]C) at the airport in Presidio, Texas.
Materials and Methods--A total of 94 specimens was collected from Alamito Creek in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio County, Texas.
Although the Big Bend Ranch State Park provided protection for radio-collared mountain lions, survival rates for the WTX population was lower than for the STX population.
At Big Bend Ranch State Park, 10 males and 6 females were monitored for 7,668 radio-days.
"We're managing Big Bend Ranch State Park to benefit native plants and wildlife, not feral burros that happen to wander into the park," Smith said.
TT: What are the next steps for the bighorn sheep after their release in Big Bend Ranch State Park just recently?
Area and perimeter-to-area ratios of escape terrain located at Big Bend National Park (BBNP), Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP), Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (BGWMA), and Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) in Texas.
Three pregnant females (TTU 82478, 82479, 82480), each having three embryos with crown rump lengths ranging from 12 to 20mm, were captured in mist nets on 22 May 2001 at Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP), Presidio County (UTM 13R 589266E 3269761N, elevation 1012m).
megalophylla as the second most common bat at Big Bend Ranch State Park, which indicates a healthy population of this species 83 km south of the Davis Mountains.
pectoralis laceinaus were collected on Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio County, Texas (UTM coordinates 13615525E 3268958N).
Yancey & Jones (1996) reported a specimen from "non-montane" habitat, adjacent to a stream bed in desert scrub, on the Big Bend Ranch State Park, in Presidio County.
Field work conducted in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio and Brewster counties, Texas, during 1994 and 1995 yielded noteworthy specimens of two species of small mammals.