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Big Bend Ranch State Park (Texas)

IDS Site Big Bend Ranch State Park (Texas)

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Big Bend Ranch State Park offers outdoor recreation for the truly adventurous. This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a high desert setting. The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

For the best night skies in Texas, head west. Big Bend Ranch State Park sits in the darkest area of the state. After all, we are on the other side of nowhere.

The International Dark-Sky Association designated Big Bend Ranch State Park a gold tier Dark Sky Park in 2018.

The best places places for stargazing are along River Road, at the West Contrabando Trailhead, Big Hill and the Hoodoos. These spots offer great views, and are accessible by any vehicle.


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21800 FM 170, Terlingua, TX 79852

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UTC Offset:  -6
Elevation:  2,350 - 5,000 ft
Latitude:  29.470458 (North)
Longitude:  -103.957922 (West)

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