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Nature Notes: Cacti Count: Taking Stock of Big Bend National Park’s Endangered Plants

In 1894, a 22-year-old Texas Ranger named Everett Townsend was tracking stolen mules when he arrived at the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains. He looked out from forested heights upon a panorama of mountains, mesas and desert badlands, to … Continue reading

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West Texas man and daughter found in Mexico after going missing in Big Bend National Park

Officials said the two were found “alive and well” south of the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend after a nearly two-week long search.

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Big Bend National Park Number of Visitors Reaches All-Time Record

Big Bend National Park reached a significant milestone this year. The Far West Texas destination surpassed 500,000 visitors in a calendar year — a first in the park’s 76-year history. Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about … Continue reading

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State To Offer COVID-19 Vaccines In Terlingua And Big Bend National Park

After several failed attempts, the Texas National Guard will head to Big Bend National Park and Terlingua this week to administer hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Big Bend National Park To Reopen Chisos Basin After Weeks Of Battling Wildfire

Since it was first spotted earlier this month, the South Rim Fire has burned through about 1,300 acres of Big Bend National Park. The fire is now 80% contained and no longer “a threat to developed areas,” according to officials.

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Wildfire at Big Bend National Park Forces Closure of Trails, Campsites

By Friday afternoon, park officials said the wildfire had spread across 250 acres of the Chisos Mountains, a popular destination for hikers. 

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Going To Big Bend National Park? Despite Gov. Abbott Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions, You’ll Still Need A Mask

Officials at Big Bend National Park say Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s rollback on the state’s mask mandate has “no impact” on park rules, and visitors are still required to wear a mask in all park buildings, as well as in … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Maps Out New Trail for 2022

By Carlos Morales Beginning next year, a new trail at Big Bend National Park will take visitors on a brushy, three-mile trek around the base of Lone Mountain.  Dubbed simply as the Lone Mountain Trail, park officials describe the new … Continue reading

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From Empty Trails To Traffic Jams, 2020 Was A Year Of Extremes In Big Bend National Park

By Carlos Morales Over the course of the pandemic, the number of people visiting Big Bend National Park has fluctuated wildly — first dropping to all-time lows in the Spring, then smashing records in the final months of last year. The … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Moves Into Next Phrase of Reopening

By Carlos Morales After partially reopening in August, Big Bend National park officials are moving forward with their next stage of reopening, allowing backcountry camping and giving visitors access to nearly all trails. The latest reopening phase for the far-flung … Continue reading

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