The Years B.D. (Before Daisy...Before Digital) travel blog

Park Entrance at Persimmon Gap

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center - Reflection in Window

Santiago Mountains

Santiago Mountains

Fossil Bone Exhibit – Shale

Sierra Del Carmen

Sierra Del Carmen - Lost Mine

Sierra Del Carmen

Sierra Del Carmen

Ocotillo Cactus

Yellow Flowers on Roadside

Yellow Flowers

Sierra del Carmen

Plants and Rocks

Rio Grande Overlook

Iron-Stained Layers

Lost Mine Peak

Lost Mine Peak

Lost Mine Peak

Chisos Basin Campground

Maverick Mountain

Maverick Mountain

Tule Mountain

Goat Mountain

Emory Peak

Burro Mesa

Ruins of Sam Nail Ranch

Ruins of Sam Nail Ranch – Windmill without Wheel

View of Tule Mountain from Sam Nail Ranch

Tule Mountain – My Chinook

'Fins of Fire'

'Fins of Fire'

Wilson Ranch – Ranch House, Abandoned 1945

Wilson Ranch

Volcanic Ash

Cottonwood Campground - Wild Turkey

Cottonwood Campground - My Campsite

Cottonwood Campground - Sierra Ponce in Background


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.

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