1992 Aug: Big Bend National Park, Texas
The name Big Bend applies to an area in the southwestern part of the Texas along the border with Mexico. The area contains the Chisos and Davis Mountain Ranges. The park covers 1,252 square miles and is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
The southern boundary of Big Bend forms the border of the United States and Mexico and is defined by the Rio Grande River.
Summer days can be hot with temperatures over 100 degrees. Winters are normally mild but temperatures have been known to fall below freezing. The park receives about 300,000 to 350,000 visitors annually. It is rather remote with a harsh desert environment. The park attracts many hikers and backbackers into the area with over 150 miles of trails leading to many remote campsites.
There are dinosaur and forest fossils preserved in the park. The Chisos Mountains have an igneous history dating back to the middle Tertiary.