Nowhere in the United States can you view desert yuccas, javelinas, and rattlesnakes while stumbling through 100 degree heat in a massive nearly million acre expanse of rather deserted openness, and literally minutes later stand in a pine forest and high mountain oasis and watch a black bear leap across the road.  Only in Big Bend National Park.

 4 different ways to camp with drive up spots with power, drive-to remote sites with no improvements save a dust and gravel parking spot, zone areas where you can park, hike in, and camp ANYWHERE you choose, and backpakcing trails with the usual National Park sites along the way.

The border crossing at Boquias, in Mexico, has been closed for years (as of March 2012) and there is hopeful talk it will be thankfully reopened, allowing travelors to take a "foreign" adventure over for a shot of tequila, some great cantina food, and a chance to beware the roughians asking to "take you on a drive to see the sites."

This Chihahuan desert area has been in drought for years as of March 2012, and looking very dry and brown, but still beautiful with quite a lot of blossoms as well.  Highs this month in the 80s with nights in the high 40s.

Going?  Check out the dust dry old time town of Terlingua for a visit to Many Stones, an awesome rock and plant shop owned by a desert rat if you ever did see one (and that's a compliment!)  Eat at the Chili Pepper for a small town diner experience with home cooking flavor. 

You may want to book your accommodations directly with the park or the lodging of choice and not through national park reservations.com, you could pay an extra 10% booking fee AND a higher rate for the rooom.

Keep at least a gallon of water per person per day in your car for paved road excursions and much more for backroad trips.  Do NOT get stuck out there without enough water... it will suck you dry faster than you can say, Where Is The River?