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Texas Big Bend Country Region

Texas Big Bend

A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities, destinations & services in the Texas Big Bend Country Region.

Big Bend River Tours offers 1/2 day, 1 day and multi-day guided river rafting, hiking and back roads tours 365 days a year. Located on the "boardwalk" of Lajitas, at the western edge of the National Park and the eastern edge of the State Park, they are your one stop shop for true adventure in the Big Bend. Whether your visit to the area is for a day or a week they offer customized itineraries to fit your interests. For memories to last a lifetime, experience Big Bend with Big Bend River Tours. Call 1-800-545-4240 for reservations. Come explore the MAGIC of Big Bend!

Discover Del Rio, Texas, "The Best of the Border," where the New West and Old Mexico meet. Minutes from Mexico, Del Rio boasts Lake Amistad, one of Texas' largest, clearest lakes with opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing, and other water sports. Houseboats offer an alternative to motels and bed-and-breakfast. Go rustic, camping, bird watching and biking at Amistad Recreation Area, or join RV'ers at local parks. Nearby Seminole Canyon State Historical Park offers pictographs more than 4,000 years old along with full camp sites. Only two-and-a-half hours from San Antonio and San Angelo, Del Rio is a unique, laid back destination. For information 830/775-3551 or visit

Del Rio - Continental Ranch II - 300 W Nicholson St. All day, informative ranch tour, including famous petorglyph site (ancient rock carvings), to historic fourth-generation Continental Ranch. Custom tours can include birds and wildlife in their natural habitat, native desert plants, prehistoric rock formations, and a beautifully scenic undeveloped area of Pecos River. The Continental Ranch is located in a remote area of Val Verde County, an hour drive north of Del Rio. Please call for reservations as this tour is customized. Telephone: (830)775-6957 or (915)292-4412. Cost $35.00 /person, minimum 4. Group rates. Includes picnic lunch on Pecos River.

Set in the scenic Davis Mountains, its mile high altitude makes historic Fort Davis, TX "The Coolest Town in Texas." here you step back in time to a slower pace, sweeping views of unspoiled beauty and some of the friendliest people in Texas. Attractions include McDonald Observatory, the Fort Davis National Historic Site, the Davis Mountains State Park and the Chihuahuan Desert Visitor Center. A paradise for birders, tri-athletes, hikers, cyclist, star-gazers, campers and people who just want to sit back and watch the spectacular sun sets. See our web site for a listing of lodging accommodations and restaurants.

Fort Stockton, Texas Living Desert - An enhanced nature trail displays plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. Plants have been labeled providing information on common and scientific names. Improved trail begins near the Guard House at Historic Fort Stockton; 300 East 3rd Street. Free.

Fort Stockton, Texas Wildlife Viewing Area - Six miles north of Fort Stockton on FM 18. The Texas Highway Department has provided for off road parking (no other facilities). Take your binoculars and bird books with you. Site adjacent to the Diamond Y Nature Preserve; a property owned and managed by the Texas Nature Conservancy (914) 336-7615. Free.

Tour the Franklin Mountains at the Franklin Mountain State Park, in El Paso County! On the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month, tours are conducted by State Park Rangers to either Aztec Caves or Cottonwood Springs (tours alternate on Saturdays and Sundays.) Fees for the tours are $4.00 ($2.00 entrance fee and $2.00 activity fee.) People interested in taking the tour (s) should meet at 9:00 am at the entrance to Franklin Mountains State Park on the West side of Trans-Mountain road. Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call: (915) 566-6441.

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park is located about 32 miles east of El Paso and ranch road 2775, just north of US 62-180 (Montana Avenue inside city limits), in El Paso County. Activities include: birding, amateur astronomy, rock art: (2000 - year old Native American pictographs); Also, hiking, world-class rock climbing, picnicking & nature photography. Special Events: Free rock art tours/pictograph tours/Bird identification tours/slide show presentations. Times and dates vary: call for details. (915) 857-1135. Camping reservations through Texas State Parks Central Reservations: (512) 389-8900. ** Nominal admission fee to park. Some special events are complimentary while others also charge small fee.

LAJITAS RESORT on FM 170 near Big Bend National Park. Old West Town with a breathtaking 18-hole golf course with a feature hole in Mexico, luxurious room accommodations (our premiere junior suites overlook the Ambush Golf Course); tennis; fitness; equestrian; day spa; private airport; daily activities; boardwalk shops - gift stores, apparel stores, art gallery, and an outfitters store to help book & guide your adventures (biking, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, birding, jeep tours). 3 Restaurants - one gourmet with fine dining; one casual Southwestern flare; one deli-sandwich & coffee shop. Majestic mountain views and spectacular sunsets. Historical town with Sunday church services in San Carlos mission. Call to book your flight on our private jets and your room by calling our Destination Services Department at 877-LAJITAS (525-4827).

Texas River Expeditions - Big Bend National Park. Texas River Expeditions operates year-round, offering 1 day and multi-day rafting trips through the canyons of the Rio Grande. We also offer 2 hour to all day Jeep Tours in the Big Bead area. In the summer we also run rivers in Colorado & Idaho. Call us at 1-800-839-RAFT or check our website at

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