Big Bend National Park in Texas looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Huge canyons, limestone cliffs, sweeping sand dunes, rivers and geothermal areas can all be found in this 801,163-acre park.
A playground for geologists and archaeologists, this park is also a great place for both intermediate and experienced hikers, climbers, bikers and campers. Because of its fairly isolated area and expansive area, Big Bend is actually one of the least visited national parks in the country. However, for those that get to experience the park, it’s a truly mesmerizing experience.
Some favorite activities in the park include hiking and backpacking on trails like the Chimneys Trail and the Marufo Vega, birdwatching and rafting down the Rio Grande. Visitors can either embark on their own with a permit, or take a guided backpacking or rafting trip set up through the many outdoor tour operators in the area.
Another favorite spot is the Langford Hot Springs. Once, a bathhouse stood in the area, and today the most famous and accessible springs in the park are contained by the foundation of the bathhouse.
Heated by geothermal processes and reaching temperatures of 105° F, the hot springs not only provide ancient healing powers, but also unparalleled views of the Rio Grande straight into Mexico.
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