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By earjerseyqq153 on Apr 29, 2014 06:38 AM
Deciding which of two similarly named wilderness recreation areas in west Texas to visit is a matter of taste. Big Bend Ranch State Park lies west and is one third the size of Big Bend National Park. Both have extensive frontage on the Rio Grande River. In either, you can hike, paddle the river, ride horses, climb mountains, go birding, mountain bike, visit prehistoric ruins, and learn about native tribes, michael kors outlet locations cowboys and settlers, miners and candelilla wax makers, and smugglers, rustlers, bandits and other outlaws. In only one can you become a temporary cowboy. and Mexico. Water sports abound, you can also explore mountains, canyons and the history of several cultures. The park contains developed, primitive and backcountry camping. If camping isn't for you, stay in the Chisos Mountain Lodge, in Terlingua or in Study Butte. If you want to trek by bicycle, foot or boat but don't want to brave the Chihuahan Desert terrain on your own, take a trip with a guided tour company. If prehistory is your thing, go see the fossils; you can also view Native American ruins and the remains of Spanish exploration and Wild West settlement. If solo activities suit you, you'll find 200 miles of trails and michael kors outlet 175 miles of unpaved roads in the park.

To the west of the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park occupies 300,000 largely wilderness acres abutting the Rio Grande River. For more than 100 years the 1870s until its sale to Christian Louboutin Replica the state of Texas michael kors outlet 2014 in 1988 Big Bend Ranch was a working ranch. In this park you'll find canyons, volcanoes, two mountain ranges, desert and Christian Louboutin Outlet that rare desert commodity: water. Above all, you'll find solitude. Much of the land may be accessed only by trail. Most Replica Christian Louboutin services are concentrated at Saucedo Complex, but campgrounds are scattered throughout the park. More civilized lodging is available at the luxurious Big House or the dormitory style Sauceda Lodge Bunkhouse, an economical choice at $25 a person (as of 2009). Hike, bicycle, ride horses and backpack the 65 trails some 236 miles or take to the river.

Big Bend Ranch State Park

PO Box 2319

Presidio TX 79845

Big Bend Ranch State Park hosts ten times fewer people than Big Bend National michael kors outlet cheap bags Park about 2,500 visitors a year. You can truly retreat from civilization at the state park. Also consider the "ranch" in its name. Once nearly extinct, Red Bottom Shoes Texas longhorn cattle now range there and must be gathered twice a year for care and counting. Twenty five lucky people may help with the semi annual three day roundup. Horses and equipment, meals, instruction and park fees all are part of the event registration fee.
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