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Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest state park in Texas, over 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert wilderness in a remarkably rugged, remote and unpopulated setting. The park extends along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio to near Lajitas in both Brewster and Presidio Counties. Embracing some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, it encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. The area has been a crossroads of human activities for over 11,000 years, as diverse people and cultures have been drawn by the abundant resources of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor. Chase Fountain photo Tx. Parks & Wildlife Dept. View a larger version of this image. If you are looking for a wild west experience, Big Bend Ranch State Park has an abundance of options. Currently the park offers more than 66 miles of trails with many more in development. In addition to primitive roadside and backcountry campsites, the park also has food, lodging and Wi-Fi available at the Saucedo Complex. The three-bedroom "Big House" provides luxury accommodations that sleep eight and has a full kitchen. Meal service can also be arranged. Larger groups can be accommodated at the casual Sauceda Lodge Bunk House. With twenty-three miles of Rio Grande/Rio Bravo frontage Big Bend Ranch makes an excellent starting point for paddling excursions. Multi-use recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking is available on trails along River Road and in the interior. You can fish in the Rio Grande. The dark skies offer amazing stargazing opportunities. With over 300 bird species the area is a birders paradise. The park has picnic areas along the scenic River Road and offers guided jeep/four-wheel and horseback tours. Mountain bike and horse rentals are available at Sauceda. In addition to many other events the park also offers a semi-annual longhorn cattle roundup. Permits are required for use of Primitive Road and Front Country Campsites and for Backcountry Zone Camping. Day Use visitors are required to obtain a free permit for motorized entry into the Primitive Road Zone.

3 days ago

Pretty grown over right now, probably all the rain we’ve had.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike into the Canyon with some challenging deep holes in the canyon. It would take some serious climbing, perhaps with climbing gear, to get all the way to the river.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! My eyes loved it...my knees didn’t. I stopped at one rock slide down (I knew it would be a pain to get back up)
I recommend (for the older folks) to wear high top hiking boots for ankle support. And those boots should have good grip.

mountain biking
6 months ago

The only off road trail system near Corpus Christi..
Double track and single track, walkers and riders frequent this trail. Monday pm ride every week. Check Bay Area Cycles for schedule.

mountain biking
6 months ago

This trail is in Corpus Christi, not Big Bend State Park as stated in the list.

mountain biking
6 months ago

The only off road bike trail in the Corpus Christi area. Well maintained by volunteers. Some cool added features to ride. There is a Monday PM group ride almost year round. See or call Bay Area Cycles for schedule. I ride here about once a month on average and am very great full this park is available.

hiking
9 months ago

It's the closest thing Corpus Christi has to a wildlife/wilderness trail and I use it all the time to try out my backpacking gear, be among nature, etc. Don't freak out by the labyrinth of trails. You can pretty much follow the power lines to find an exit somewhere. The trails are mostly maintained by volutneers, can get overgrown at times. Chiggers are real bad in Spring and Summer. I only gave four stars because I wish this park was bigger with even more trails and that camping was allowed.

on Oso Loop

trail running
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

We were there in late September 2017, during a period of heavy rain. While it was not actively raining while we were hiking, puddles of standing water made the canyon impassable. Also, the wasps in this area were EXTREMELY aggressive (think they were paper wasps.) Beware if you're fearful or allergic.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This hike was a ton of fun with the kids! Very pretty drive through the state park to the trailhead.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Awesome canyon trail. Fairly easy, with some water when we were there. Beautiful rock colors.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Really fun trail, about 0.75 miles until the first big drop off that forced us to go back. Otherwise, easy to walk trail, small scrambling required. Amazing ~100ft tall canyon walls on both sides made for really incredible photography especially as the sun was setting.

hiking
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Really fun trail to walk especially if you're looking for a trail in the big bend area that is dog friendly. Lots of scrambling and climbing to make up for the short distance. Also provides a lot of shade in a scorching hot part of the country.

mountain biking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Surprised there are not more of the trails on here. Next time I'm there, I will record.
I love it down here!!

mountain biking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Magical park! Cannot wait to go back.

on Big Bend Ranch Trails

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Beautiful and amazing place you can't believe you have all these different environments in one same place. Beautiful in the border with Mexico. Big park so one weekend camping will not be enough to discover it all. Amazing to come back over and over again.

hiking
Saturday, October 10, 2015

I didn't make it very far into the slot canyon. It rained the night before, and the potholes were all full, and I didn't want to get wet. It is a great experience to even go into the canyon just a few hundred feet!

hiking
Monday, March 02, 2015

Surreal topography. Great walls 100 ft high. Short trail. We had hoped to make it all the way to rio grande but we got stymied. Drop offs became water holes. We got soaked. Worse we went down so e rocks and almost could not get back up.

hiking
Friday, August 01, 2014

Inside the canyon, the path is easy to follow; you'll hike across smooth rock with bars of small gravel around occasional puddles. As you continue south, the walls narrow and there are deep depressions created by rapidly flowing water. Depending on recent rains the depressions, known locally as tinajas (the Spanish word for jar), may contain fairly deep water and the pools could make scrambling or wading necessary to continue.

After the second tinaja, the canyon begins dropping steeply toward the Rio Grande with larger and larger steps (10, 12, 25, then 50 feet in height) that require rappelling gear to descend. Without the extra gear, plan to turn around about 0.75 miles from the road.

Caution: Check weather forecasts before tackling the hike, steep canyon walls leave no escape routes and flash floods are possible.

hiking
Sunday, March 16, 2014

We've done this trail twice now and love it. Some of the pour offs close to the end are pretty high and we had to help each other get down and then back up but even the 8 year old with us loved it. It is one of two trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park that you can take a dog on.

camping
Thursday, February 13, 2014

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. Almost 300,000 acres, many of the campsites are serviced by "unimproved" dirt roads. The first time I went the campsite was a full 1.5 hours in 4-lo off the main (gravel) road. Our group of 3 didn't not see another human being for 4 days, except when going up to the Ranger Station/Park Hdqts. And this was over spring break week!
If you like the Chihuahuan Desert for its emptiness, ruggedness, and beautiful light, this is your place.
I'm going back!

hiking
Saturday, November 23, 2013

This hike is easy but so so beautiful! We saw no one. We were unable to complete the canyon because of impassable water in the trail. We definitely plan on going back.

hiking
Thursday, September 12, 2013

I hiked this trail in April '12. It is pretty easy and, while short in duration, it is very impressive. Feels like 10 ft wide with 200 ft high walls though not quite that narrow. I was not able to make it all the way through due to water in the middle which reminded me that this is not a place to get caught in a flash flood. If you are in the area though definitely stop and check it out.

off road driving
Sunday, August 18, 2013

This Big Bend Ranch State Park is huge! It runs along the Rio Grande from Presidio to Lajitas; it was a private ranch in years past. There are miles and miles of 4X4 trails, and just about that many for hiking. A very rocky area; one should not go out alone, and make sure you have water, and minimum 6 - 8 ply tires! It is referred to as "The other side of nowhere!"

off road driving
Monday, March 18, 2013

Big Bend Ranch State Park is probably Texas' largest state park. It covers much of the area between Presidio and the Big Bend National Park. Miles and miles of 4X4 roads, as well as hiking trails are there. A word of caution: You need 8 ply or better tires on your vehicle as the terrain is quite rocky. The park is referred to as "The other side of nowhere". Very remote.

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