Today began an exciting and very interesting trip. I had passed through the Big Bend area on I-10 but had never explored the area. This morning I left Marathon and headed south to Big Bend National Park. I drove around and made a number of photo stops before going to the Cottonwood Campground to spend the night.
In 1933, the State of Texas established Texas Canyons State Park using 15 school sections owned by the state. By October 27, 1933, Big Bend State Park included about 160,000 acres. On June 6, 1944, a deed for about 700,000 acres was formally presented to President Roosevelt and Big Bend National Park was established June 12, 1944. It was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
Big Bend National Park is situated on the boundary with Mexico along the Rio Grande. Its environment ranges from desert to mountains, with a great diversity of plants and animals. The park now covers over 801,000 acres of west Texas.