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Find 'Big Time' Fun Texas Camping in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is a beautiful and diverse park located in southern Texas. Often referred to as three separate parks, Big Bend has mountain, desert and river environments. With over 1,200 plant species, 450 birds, 75 mammals and 56 reptile species, the plant and animal life varieties is just as diverse as the land itself. The opportunities for adventure are also immense. You can explore protected deserts, play in the rivers, hike up mountain paths, tour the varying terrain from the comfort of your car, and much much more. Established in 1944, Big Bend National Park has been a wonderful Texas camping destination for years.

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Keeping in line with the wonderful diversity of the park, the weather can be just as varied. While it tends to be warm and sunny year round, in a matter of minutes you can be facing just about any type of weather any time of the year, so be prepared for everything. The rainy season is mid June through October; thunderstorms are common and flash floods are possible. However, the water recedes quickly and this can be a wonderful time to visit the park. Spring and fall are generally warm and pleasant. Summers are hot, although temperatures depend greatly on location and elevation. The hottest months are May and June. Winter tends to be mild although cold weather and snow are possible. Again, elevation is a key factor in weather and temperature, meaning that temperatures can vary by as much as 20 degrees from the high Chisos Mountains to the low deserts below. Big Bend National Park is open year round and there is a $20 entrance fee which is valid for 7 days. An annual Big Bend pass is $40. The inter-agency annual pass is $80 and will grant access into most national parks.

Once you reach Big Bend National Park, there is plenty to do. The best way to see the park is to get out and explore it, although there are many terrific roads through the park as well. The first thing to do is to decide what kind of park you feel like exploring. Do you want to float the Rio Grande? Or would you prefer a strenuous mountain hike? Perhaps you want to find the hidden beauty out in the desert? With so much to choose from, there is never a lack of adventure. Big Bend National Park is a hiker’s paradise with more than 150 miles of trails, there really is something for everyone. You can hike along the River Grande, through desert lands, up mountain sides, along cliffs and over rocks. You can stick to trails or blaze your own. Another unique and exciting way to see the park is by floating the Rio Grande. As you float down the river, you get a wonderful view of the canyon around you. There are short half day excursions and seven day long camping trips and much in between. With so much to do and see in such a diverse park, it really is a terrific Texas camping destination.

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