Visiting Big Bend National Park for four days offered us ample time to explore this vast and beautiful area.Spanning over 800,000 acres, the park boasts diverse landscapes: rugged mountains, deep canyons, and the Chihuahuan Desert. In four days, we hiked iconic trails like Santa Elena and Boquillas Canyon, capturing stunning photos.
While traveling through West Texas one of the highlights of the drive was a sculpture by Elmgreen and Dragset that looked like a Prada store outside of Marfa Texas on US Route 90. For the start of this road trip go to Along the Southern Border.
A Friendly to Big Bend NP Big Bend NP Trail Guide
Arriving at Big Bend National Park we checked in at Rio Grande Village RV Park on the eastern side of the park. There are 20 sites with no hookups that need to be reserved at recreation.gov. We stayed here for 4 days. Click here for reservations.
The Rio Grande is one of the most striking features of the park, forming its southern boundary and offering numerous opportunities for rafting and kayaking. During our visit, we enjoyed two sunset hikes on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail, where we were treated to stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains in the warm glow of the golden and blue hours. The unique cloud formations added to the atmosphere, making for a truly memorable experience.
Nevada Barr Big Bend Mystery Novel is a great fiction novel on the park.
Boquillas Canyon Trail
Hiking the Boquillas Canyon Trail in Big Bend National Park was a highlight of our visit to the park. It winds along the scenic Rio Grande, offering stunning views of the towering canyon walls, unique rock formations, and crystal-clear waters of the river. The trail is relatively easy, making it accessible to hikers of all skill levels, and offers a chance to explore one of the park’s most beautiful natural wonders up close. Mexican vendors would cross the Rio Grande River from Ojo Caliente to sell their wares to hikers.
Santa Elena Canyon
Santa Elena Canyon topped my list for awesome photos. We drove across the park for a daytime visit. Seeing the canyon, I planned a sunrise photo shoot. The sunrise was stunning, and we captured amazing photos in the river. Afterward, we hiked into the canyon, mesmerized by the views and reflections.It was a truly unforgettable experience.
On our way back and forth across the park we stopped at various viewpoints. We also did a drive up Basin Junction Road to check out the Chisos Mountains Lodge and Campground.
Big Bend National Park beckons with stunning vistas, unique formations, diverse wildlife, and endless recreational opportunities for all travelers. Whether you are seeking a relaxing getaway or an adventurous outdoor experience, the park has something to offer. The Rio Grande, Santa Elena Canyon, and Boquillas Canyon Trail are must-see highlights for exploration. Take your time and cherish lasting memories.
Lorna’s Tips and Lessons
During the drive to Big Bend, I learned a huge lesson. It was our second day of long drives, with few stops. At one gas stop, I got out and immediately found myself in great pain. It was impossible to get back in the truck. I had to walk for about an hour and stretch before the pain subsided enough to get back in the truck, where I continued to stretch. I now get out and stretch and walk for 10-15 minutes at least once every 2 hours. We find shifting drivers every 2 hours keeps us more alert. We look for quirky stops, such as the Prada display in the middle of nowhere. It is worth the extra time. Putting some heat on my back also helps. Our truck’s heated seats work well for this.