Discover hundreds of years of the history of the Big Bend, explore lush canyons and craggy trails, and ride a gondola to the top of a mountain. These, and many more, adventures await at the Texas State Parks near El Paso and Big Bend. Covering a portion of the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert, this region offers a wealth of outdoor adventure paired with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Lone Star State.
Whether you’re swimming in the largest spring-fed pool in the world at Balmorhea State Park, taking in the gorgeous vistas at Davis Mountains State Park, or soaking up all the history of Fort Leaton State Historic Site, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do here. Read on to discover three of the regions top state parks.
While it’s an attraction all its own, Fort Leaton State Historic Site is also where you want to go to purchase river-use permits and licenses for use in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Along with all of this, Hueco Tanks is a world-class destination for rock climbing, and the park offers guided tours Wednesday through Sunday. Once the sun sets, settle in at one of 20 campsites and take in a remarkable view of all the stars of the Milky Way.
Ascend 2,600 feet above deep canyons and past cactus-covered slopes in a Swiss-made gondola to the top of Ranger Peak.
Located 5,632 feet above sea level, the peak offers a breathtaking view of 7,000 square miles that includes the desert valleys and distant mountains of three states and two nations.
Before heading back down the mountain, don’t miss the chance to traverse the hiking trails that overlook El Paso.
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