While Big Bend is a somewhat remote area of our great state, it is truly a gorgeous and pristine section of Texas which deserves a visit. There are many lovely areas of the Big Bend National Park that make it a great destination for someone looking to get away from a congested urban lifestyle or cold and bleary winter weather.
Getting to Big Bend – the First Adventure
The closest commercial airport is El Paso or Midland/Odessa – which are 300 and 160 miles away, respectively. If you fly into Midland/Odessa, you might want to spend a night at a B&B there before the day of driving that lies ahead. Or, if you fly into El Paso, stop along the way at a Fort Davis bed and breakfast to break the trip up. Part of what makes the park special is that you really have to want to be there – it is remote and that makes it uncrowded and serene.
Terlingua Ghost Town – the Gateway to Big Bend
Terlingua was once a booming mining town – now, it is mostly filled with desert loving folks who have chosen to escape the constrictions of society as most of us understand it. It is also home to a wonderful tour company that can give you the trip of a lifetime in the Big Bend. Far Flung Outdoor Center has been around since 1976. My parents used to take their river tours.
Far Flung offers river tours down the Rio Grande, as well as Jeep and ATV tours through the park.
Inside the Big Bend
The park’s name references the curve made by the Rio Grande river that is also the national border between the USA and Mexico. In my humble opinion, a tour on this river is one of the best ways to experience the park. Whether you want something shorter like a half or one day canyon float or a five day trip, the dedicated guides at Far Flung have just the right Big Bend experience for you.
Come to the edge of the nation – where Big Bend serves up adventure in Texas-size servings!