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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX

This large desert makes up most of Big Bend National Park.

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Don't let this dry wasteland fool you!

We saw javelinas, coyotes, and roadrunners! This dessert was overgrazed by settlers and has earned it's nickname, El Despobado!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mar R
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw javelinas, coyotes, and roadrunners! This dessert was overgrazed by settlers and has earned it's nickname, El Despobado!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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28 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was not on our bucket list of places to see in Big Bend National Park but we were on our way to Boquillas Canyon and the sign for Dugout Wells showed a picnic table and it was lunchtime. What a great surprise! We sat in the shade of a blooming tree with such a sweet smell and listed to... More 

Thank OtPot
United States
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745 reviews
542 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

The Chihuahuan Desert is a huge part of Big Bend National Park. And while Big Bend may not have the green grass and trees of some parks, it has a beauty all its own in the various types of cacti, animals and rocks of the Chihuahuan Desert. It's hot there. Don't be caught without plenty of water.

Thank AAHolt
Houston, Texas
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176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

While we are "greenery" type people, we did enjoy seeing the vastness of this desert. It just goes on for miles and miles. You can study the different cacti. We managed to see a rattlesnake, many tarantulas and a road runner too. It is really hot here so make sure that you have plenty of water with you.

Thank houstonnative47
Avon, Ohio
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833 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

The Chihuahuan Desert, one of the four main deserts of the American Southwest, makes up much of Big Bend National Park and, along with the Chisos Mountains and Rio Grande, is one of the three highlights of the park. Besides what one sees of Chihuahuan Desert within the park, one will experience even more of it on the long drive... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Not much to see really but just knowing your driving through one of the biggest dessert in the "World" is crazy! It's a long "hot" drive through the the dessert to get to the Big Bend park. Very scenic. However as your reached higher elevations things cooled down. Up to 5,000 ft high in places. Much cooler. It's a must... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a wonderful place to relax... some great trails to explore and even more amazing views.. recommended visit

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Austin, Texas
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538 reviews
347 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

My husband and I enjoyed hiking on trails in the Chihuahuan Desert of Big Bend National Park. Two our favorite trails were Mule Ears Spring Trail and the Lower Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail.

Thank M J
Byhalia, Mississippi
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242 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The desert was impressive. We saw mule deer, roadrunners, and jackrabbits. We also saw a lot of blooming cacti, Century plants and Sotols. The geology is stunning. Be prepared for the heat and the vast distances.

Thank Evelyn C
Portland, Oregon
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273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail is a great short easy loop for just about all ages. Make sure the kids know about cactus and their ability to reach out and touch you! Lots of desert fauna to see along this well maintained trail. At only .5 mile there are several informative signs on desert ecology. Trailhead is at Dugout Wells,... More 

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