Crossing the Border

It was a thrill a few years ago when our family obtained our passports, making the first steps as international travelers in Niagara Falls, Canada.    Since one of the attractions at Big Bend is a safe access point to Mexico, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to get those passports stamped once again! Unlike Niagara, … More Crossing the Border


Dorgan Sublett Trail

An easy, yet interesting one-ish mile hike that we just happened upon, the Dorgan Sublett Trail shifted our focus from observing nature to learning a bit of park history.  Located on the right about twenty eight miles south on Ross Maxwell Drive, it features an old homestead owned by Albert and Avis Dorgan, a couple … More Dorgan Sublett Trail

Santa Elena Canyon

I was on the phone with my mom a few weeks before our departure to the Big Bend. “Santa Elena Canyon is beautiful!  You should really try to go there!” Well, if it’s good enough for my momma, it’s good enough for me! Located at the end of Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, this 1.7 mile … More Santa Elena Canyon

Chimneys Trail

Day two of our Big Bend adventure took us down Ross Maxwell Scenic Road towards Santa Elena Canyon.  Wanting to enjoy the somewhat cool early morning breeze, we set out on the Chimneys Trail. Located about 13 miles south on Ross Maxwell Scenic Road, the Chimneys Trail is a well marked path that takes hikers … More Chimneys Trail

Tornillo Flat Overlook

Upon exiting  the Big Bend Fossil Exhibit, a white sidewalk leading upwards captured our attention.  The sidewalk ended at an overlook of Tornillo Flat, so named for the small mesquite tree, the tornillo, that flourish in this area. At Tornillo Flat, scientists have discovered remains from the Paleocene (65-23 million years ago) and Eocene Epoch … More Tornillo Flat Overlook

Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit

When Austin was a little guy, he became enamored with dinosaurs.  He memorized each name and each distinguishing characteristic, and, with enthusiasm, would embark on lengthy descriptive conversations to any willing ear.  Spending hours combing through his lofty collection of prehistoric books, I soon found this topic to be highly fascinating! Even though he has … More Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit