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« on: April 06, 2007, 10:26:12 AM »

Big Bend Ranch State Park is far out
Big Bend Ranch State Park is Texas' largest state park, but it's also the most remote.
The 450-square mile park in Far West Texas has been on the minds of many people from Austin to Alpine during the past few months. Park lovers have gathered to discuss how it should be accessed and used for recreational purposes in the future.

Big Bend Ranch State Park is home to some of the most rugged terrain in the state. There are trails to mountain bike, hike and it has some of the most diverse horseback riding trails in the state.

"The park offers a wide variety of trails to a rider. Everything from what are essentially Jeep trails which are very easy for novices, to up and straight down," Dallas visitor Kevin Buchanan said.

The park was a working sheep and cattle ranch up until 1988 when it was bought by the state. In fact there's still a herd of longhorns here, and every year city slickers can take part in a good old cattle drive!
Off the beaten path Big Bend Ranch State Park is home to some of the most rugged terrain in the state.
"It's a hands-on experience. They're out there working the cattle. It's something that we would have to do here. But what better than getting someone to come out and pay us to do it!" park manager Luis Armendariz said.

To cool off, visitors can take advantage of the park's public access points to the Rio Grande, explore the 118 natural springs at the park or check out some of the largest waterfalls in Texas! All of these jewels make up this Chihuahua Desert oasis.

"What's surprising about this place is that even if there is a little bit of rainfall, you see literally tens of thousands of wildflowers all over this place and if you just take a moment and look, something is always blooming," Buchanan said.

"It is the desert environment, the beauty that's out there, because it's incredible the amount of people in the state of Texas that do not know or have never seen a mountain or a canyon," Armendariz said.



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