For those who love to travel with the goal of taking pictures, bird watching, hiking, and / or fishing, Big Bend National Park is an attractive vacation spot for any of these hobbies and interests.
Within the park, there is a lot of variety to explore, as you will find mountainous terrain, as well as desert and river areas.
Big Bend National Park in Texas is home to more than 450 species of birds, some of which are the ground popcorn, kinglet, roadrunner, painted pennant, black vulture, and turkey vulture.
Since the temperature can vary by up to 50 degrees from sunrise to mid-afternoon, various bird and animal life are active during any part of the day when the fluctuating temperature is right for their species.
Aside from the higher elevations, Big Bend is too hot to be comfortable during some parts of the summer. It is also known that there was 93 degrees in February in the Presidio, with 5 inches of snow appearing six days later, so visitors to the area should be aware that there may be extreme weather changes and be prepared for that possibility.
Visitors to the park generally plan to enter through the north gate, cross Tornilla Creek, and then go to the park headquarters to obtain maps and brochures to have information on hand on what to see inside the park. From there they can decide where they want to go, depending on their main area of interest, between beautiful landscapes, fishing spots, bird watching or animal exploration and photography.
The park headquarters is approximately 3800 feet high, followed by a gradual ascent to the Chicos basin. As elevation changes, different vegetation and different types of wildlife will be seen at different elevation levels.
Mornings can be the best time to explore the high desert before the sun is too high (and too hot). Caution is advised when visiting the desert area, with the need to be prepared with enough water and heed the advice not to stray too far. Extreme temperatures have previously proven fatal if you go even a few hours without water in excessive heat. Hikers should be especially sure to be well prepared with enough water and knowledge of the terrain of this desert. From July to October, there may also be some rain later in the day for a bit of relief from the extreme desert heat.
There are hiking and backpacking trails set up to see the main areas of interest in the desert. Many hikers use the services of backpacker guides who provide trips in the park, as these are professionally done to safely navigate the desert area.
For those who want to avoid extreme heat, temperatures vary greatly between the desert and the mountains in Big Bend Park.
In the Chicos Basin, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets at night.
The landscapes in the various areas of Big Bend National Park are beautiful and best enjoyed when visitors are well prepared for weather and temperature changes and heed safety precautions.
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