Recent tragedies in Big Bend and Palo Duro Canyon are a reminder to “respect the desert,” says one ranger.
“There’s a tremendous disconnect between the expectations of the American public . . . and the National Park Service’s ability to do those things,” says Bob Krumenaker.
Sarah Wilson's ‘DIG’ combines photos, her grandfather’s Kodachrome teaching slides, and creatively staged paleontological artifacts.
What happens when hundreds of thousands of people go to the same place looking for a little quiet time? One of our two national parks is finding out.
There’s no stoplight, no stores, and no walk-in businesses in Valentine. But there’s plenty of space to stretch those legs.
My dream of navigating through Big Bend’s stunning canyons finally came true. I just had to start a little farther downstream.
Tentative plans call for the beloved dining-hall structure to be rebuilt and modernized—with even better views.
Designating Big Bend as a federal wilderness area, advocates say, will ensure it stays rugged for decades to come.
Fall asleep while floating on Baffin Bay, stargazing in Big Bend, or greeting giraffes and zebras in Glen Rose.
Small-town locker plants, lifelines for rural Texans for generations, have vanished from parts of the state. Christy Miller’s company is an exception.
Some idiots carved their names on prehistoric petroglyphs in Big Bend—and it's part of a disturbing spike in vandalism.
Yes, it has fearsome pincers and shoots acid when threatened. But it’s essentially harmless!
They’ve been extinct for millions of years, so you'll just need a little imagination—and this handy guide.
A small group fights to save a cemetery and what remains of a Lipan Apache existence in the Big Bend.
For a food obsessive like me, Big Bend’s culinary scene rivals the nature.
During the past few years, a small group of girls in Marfa has used the simple wooden stool to create a business that has, well, legs.
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area both saw a 50 percent surge in backcountry rescues last year.
From design tips to sleep tricks (and cocktail recipes, too), this is your ultimate guide to enjoying a day off at home.
Contrary to what a viral video suggests, it’s unrelated to the pandemic.
Some were written long ago. Some appeared this year. But whether it’s a sign about snakes or a sign about diesel fried chicken, a simple message seems to mean the most.
A Michigander with dreams of owning a massive piece of Texas land isn't sure how he would occupy himself on his $32.5 million spread.
Record-breaking oil production in the Permian Basin has brought the boom to the Big Bend’s doorstep for the first time. Is it too late to save this pristine landscape?
Not many people will drive the mail to places the U.S. Postal Service won’t. Seventy-one-year-old Gilbert Lujan is one of them.
After an eventful first year as superintendent, Bob Krumenaker has a vision for the park’s future as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
‘The Upshaws of County Line,’ a new book and exhibit currently at the Museum of the Big Bend, chronicles a safe haven established by African American Texans.
Choose from campsites, a bunkhouse, or a luxury resort. (And ¡Viva Terlingua!)
The untouched vastness of the largest state park in Texas makes you feel like you’re exploring a whole other world.
Ninety-three-year-old Armando Vasquez tells of a place that used to be.
A 39-year resident of Houston is gearing up for his first experience of the greatest road trip Texas has to offer.
Donald Trump has profoundly discouraged people from coming over our borders. But is his influence wearing off?
There are any number of fun, adventurous, and unexpected things to do in the Big Bend region of far West Texas. Here are fifteen of my favorites, including scuba diving in Balmorhea, gliding over Marfa, drinking a microbrew in Alpine, horseback riding in Fort Davis, and floating through the Lower
Whether you want to hike it, raft it, drive it, or all of the above, here's everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to Texas' greatest treasure.
The secrets of Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Air pollution from Mexico has descended on Big Bend big time and while officials on both sides of the border dither, our last unspoiled frontier is slipping away.
It may be more than 800,000 acres, but you can easily cut Big Bend down to size. Here’s how.
John L. Guldemann scorns claims that Longhorns damage the natural area.
Black bears have returned to Big Bend National Park, and our author is determined to find one.
Once the private preserve of an oil executive, the 300,000-acre Big Bend Ranch, with all its desert grandeur, has now entered the public domain.
The Chihuahuan Desert is a place of extremes, where the visitor not only observes but participates in the struggle for life and death.
My pack trip in Mexico’s Sierra del Carmen wasn't exactly the Gray Line Tour.
A photographic tour of the timeless Rio Grande, from its origins in the mountains of Colorado to the Padre Island dunes at the tip of Texas.
For hundreds of years man—from the Comanche to the backpacker—has tried to conquer Big Bend. Still, it remains wild, stark, and pristine.
Of canyons, creeks, and craters: the Big Bend as few have seen it.