Big Bend National Park

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@bigbendnps photo Important Notice to Park
Important Notice to Park Visitors Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties under its management. It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to NPS properties. Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter NPS property, as NPS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, or maintenance. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. The NPS will not operate parks during the shutdown period, and no visitor services will be provided. The NPS will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways (including plowing and ice melting), or provide visitor information. The NPS will cease providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, showers, check-in/check-out, and reservations. Visitors in campgrounds will not be asked to leave, but no services will be available, including check-in/check-out services. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown. During a Federal government shutdown, we do not monitor or update social media. #bigbendnps
@bigbendnps photo The sotol grasslands begin to
The sotol grasslands begin to flourish in earnest at about 3200 feet in elevation around the park. These areas receive increased rainfall and typically have deeper soil, ideal growing conditions for Dasylirion leiophyllum, smooth sotol. Sotol produce flower stalks from May to August, and can reach heights of more than 15 feet! This dried sotol stalk along Pine Canyon Trail will stand until the forces of weather or wildlife eventually bring it down. #wildwednesday #hikebigbend
@bigbendnps photo If you are traveling to or
If you are traveling to or from Big Bend today, please use caution. Although this photo was taken two weeks ago, another strong cold front is pushing in today! Temperatures will remain below freezing all day, and a gusty northeast wind will keep the windchill in the teens or lower. Not much moisture is expected, but there's still a chance for icy patches on roads and bridges. Take your time and wear lots of layers if you're out and about! #bigbend #coldfront #wintryweather
@bigbendnps photo "You're off to great places!
"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So...get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! Planning a one night backpacking trip or long day hike for your next visit? The Marufo Vega trail is spectacular and challenging, offering great views of the Rio and the Sierra del Carmen!
@bigbendnps photo What's your favorite time of
What's your favorite time of day in Big Bend? Sunset is one the most popular by far. There is no bad place to watch the sun go down. Grab your headlamp and enjoy the show. #sunset #bigbend #sunsetsaturday
@bigbendnps photo The Common Gray Fox (Urocyon
The Common Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is found throughout Big Bend National Park. They are often seen crossing the roads, climbing rocky cliffs, and even up in trees! This canine is adept at climbing trees and will do so to seek protection, find a place to sleep, and even to search for food. They are omnivores and will eat just about anything, including rabbits, birds, grasshoppers, persimmons, and acorns. If you are lucky enough to see a fox in the park, remember to give them plenty of space, and never feed the wildlife. #bigbend #grayfox #keepwildlifewild
@bigbendnps photo It's a windy one today! Most
It's a windy one today! Most of Texas, including our little corner of Brewster County, is under a wind advisory from the National Weather Service for the day. What does this mean for you folks visiting the park? Tie your campsites down tight so your gear doesn't blow away and please take extra caution with camp stoves. Remember that ground/wood fires are never allowed in the park and smoking is not allowed on any trail in the Chisos Mountains. #firesafety
@bigbendnps photo “Of all the seasons, winter
“Of all the seasons, winter is the most conducive to the great art of dormancy. This art requires an appreciation of semi-consciousness: the beautiful and necessary prelude to sleep - a special pleasure in itself that is all too often neglected, under-valued or looked down upon.” -Michael Leunig
@bigbendnps photo Do you have a 2018 resolution
Do you have a 2018 resolution that is going to take some perseverance? The Rio Grande has chiseled it’s way over time through three canyons across the park: Boquillas, Mariscal, and Santa Elena! The relentless rush reliably brings life-giving water to the usually formidable Chihuahuan desert and it’s inhabitants. #keeponkeepingon #hikebigbend #bigbendnps #newyearsresolution #2018goals
@bigbendnps photo The first day of 2018 did not
The first day of 2018 did not disappoint! We are still experiencing the cold front that moved through the region on Sunday. Temperatures will be well below freezing again tonight, so take precautions and be careful out there. #bigbend #hoarfrost #chisosmountains #winterishere
@bigbendnps photo As the sun sets on 2017, we
As the sun sets on 2017, we wish you a very happy New Year! We hope your resolutions include getting out and experiencing the national parks. See you in 2018! #BigBendNPS #newyears
@bigbendnps photo THROWBACK photo from our
THROWBACK photo from our snowstorm a few weeks ago! We have a cold front coming in this weekend and it will be chilly once again! We aren't expecting snow but a park can dream, right? #throwback #snowstorm #chisosmountains #coldfront #NPS
@bigbendnps photo The calendar may say winter,
The calendar may say winter, but the oak trees high on Casa Grande are just now showing off their fall colors! #bigbend #chisosmountains #fallcolors
@bigbendnps photo To tour the red and brown
To tour the red and brown spires of Grapevine Hills Trail to the Balanced Rock is to stand among giants. Formed by intruding magma, these grapevine-like towers are igneous rocks called laccoliths. Take this 2.2 mile round-trip hike and explore the formerly volcanic landscape, and keep your ears tuned for the sounds of nesting birds! #hikebigbend #wednesdaywonders
@bigbendnps photo Yuccas are some of the
Yuccas are some of the tallest plants in the Chihuanhuan Desert. In Dagger Flat, this yucca towers over the landscape like a redwood! (Okay, maybe not quite like that.) #BigBendNPS
@bigbendnps photo Take a walk around Sam Nail
Take a walk around Sam Nail Ranch and learn about the Nail family that lived there. A short 0.5 mile round trip trail leads you through the old ranch site. The combination of water from the windmill and shade trees makes this an excellent birding location. #hikebigbend #birding #ranch #bigbendnps
@bigbendnps photo Have you experienced the
Have you experienced the invigorating power of the wind atop the South Rim Trail, or savored the view of the rolling landscape over seven thousand feet below? Even the determined desert-dwelling Agave havardiana, or century plant, grows here like a sentinel astride the harsh edge of the Chisos Mountains. #hikebigbend #bigbendnps #wednesdaywonders
@bigbendnps photo What is the holiday season
What is the holiday season without mistletoe? Although most people associate this plant with a kiss from a loved one, did you know it is actually a parasite? Mistletoe sprouts on a tree branch, grows a root into the vascular system of the tree, and draws its food and water solely from the host tree. Mistletoe berries are an important food source to some bird species. The seeds pass through the birds digestive system and are often deposited on tree branches (with a little bit of fertilizer!) where another mistletoe begins to grow. #bigbend #mistletoe #parasites
@bigbendnps photo "There are no words that can
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm." -- Theodore Roosevelt. In this picture, the Rio Grande runs through limestone at the Hot Springs Historic Area. #BigBendNPS #hikingbigbend
@bigbendnps photo A rare find! This is a
A rare find! This is a Round-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma modestum). This little critter was spotted at the Sotol Vista overlook. Round-tailed lizards have four horns at the back of their head whereas the Texas Horned Lizards have two long horns. This lizard is so well camouflaged that it can easily be over-looked. You don't see horned lizards in this part of Texas much anymore so if you see one, be grateful! #hornedlizard #hikebigbend #herpetology
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