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A Report on Mountain Lions

Only the very lucky—or the extraordinarily unlucky—see a mountain lion in Big Bend. Since 2004 there have been just over twenty confirmed encounters, ranging from a few close-up sightings to the rare attack. These days, even wildlife biologists using trained hounds have a hard time locating the elusive Felis concolor. Louis Harveson, the director of the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University, calls them “ghosts.”

A Few Reasons to Wander

  • Big Bend Ranch State Park – It may be less than half the size of the national park, but at 486 square miles, it is our largest state park and—with its deep canyons, volcanic mountain ranges, 238 miles of multiuse trails, and preponderance of zone camping (i.e., no designated sites)—well worth a visit, especially when Big Bend starts to feel just a little bit crowded. Get oriented at Fort Leaton or the Barton Warnock Visitor Center before hitting the backcountry.

In Praise of Camping

Though the Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only hotel within the park, you can also secure a roof over your head in nearby Terlingua (say, at the rustic but charming La Posada Milagro), Lajitas (where the green at Lajitas Golf Resort is restorative in its own way), and Marathon (premium linens and a walk-in shower at the Gage Hotel quickly melt away a long day of hiking). Still, to truly


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