A fiery sunset above the ocher bluffs of Big Bend National Park. This south Texas park covers 244 miles along the U.S-Mexico border, protecting a vast area of the Chihuahuan Desert. Big Bend's trails lead hikers through stark but beautiful desert landscapes, up into the Chisos Mountains and down into the canyons cut by the Rio Grande.
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The oddly picturesque Balanced Rock is easily accessible on a day hike and incredibly popular with kids.
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Sunset colors the clouds above Big Bend
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Texas's state flower, the bluebonnet, is found in abundance in Big Bend.
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An ocotillo in Big Bend. The park is home to more than 1,200 species of plants.
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The Window, a gap in the canyon wall that offers spectacular views of the desert beyond. Situated at the top of a 200 foot drop-off, this gap serves as the drain for the entire Chisos basin.
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The Rio Grande runs for 144 miles through Big Bend National Park, including this stretch of Santa Elena Canyon.
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Day breaks in Big Bend
A massive, silvery yucca plant backed by the red rock of the Chisos Mountains
A view of the Chihuahuan badlands from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains