Named for a deep curve in the Rio Grande River that connects the United States and Mexico, the Big Bend region of West Texas is a land of striking beauty. The Big Bend region consists of five distinct communities including Marathon, Lajitas, Study Butte, Terlingua and the Big Bend National Park — each with their own unique West Texas flavor.

Far from any major city, the Big Bend is one of the world’s last frontiers, an untouched corner of the American West. With a population density of less than one person per square mile, the Big Bend is an ideal place to rediscover the simple pleasures of silence, solitude and open space. Nearby State Parks and Preserves guarantee access to over 1,000,000 acres of Public Lands.

The major point of interest in the Big Bend region is Big Bend National Park, which preserves more than 1,100 square miles of the rugged Chihuahuan Desert, the three massive canyons of the Rio Grande and the entire Chisos Mountain range. It is a land of superlatives: Big Bend National Park has more species of birds, plants, cactus, butterflies, bats and reptiles than any other US National Park. Even with these grand distinctions, Big Bend remains one of the least visited National Parks in the country so crowds and long lines are not a problem.

People come to the Big Bend region to participate in a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, river trips, horseback riding, mountain biking, birding, golfing, photography and even ziplining. Big Bend is also one of the most popular destinations for motorcycles anywhere in Texas with miles and miles of open roads and little traffic.   

But scenery is not all you will find in Big Bend; there is also a vibrant local culture. The Big Bend region has become a haven for both artists and musicians. Visitors find an eclectic collection of shops and galleries, along with a selection of restaurants, bars and hopping night spots with live music daily. The small communities of Marathon, Study Butte, Terlingua and Lajitas often provide as much pleasure as the region’s landscape, especially after dark. With accommodations that range from the rustic to the luxurious, the Big Bend’s towns exemplify a lively mix of Western traditions, friendly Texas atmosphere and burgeoning artistic activity.

Whether it is the crystal-clear night skies, the silhouette of distant mountains rising over vast plains, the sound of a hawk poised to take prey, the smell of the desert after a summer shower or the “Old West” appeal of small Texas communities, a visit to Big Bend is a land for all senses and seasons.

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