Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

Last week I was really feeling down and depressed as my trip to Iceland was put off and my trip to Namibia was canceled for this year due to the damn COVID. My great travel buddy and fellow retired Army Combat Photographer Russell Klika said, “Why don’t we just go down to Big Bend for a couple days and camp?”

Let me tell you, it was just what the doctor ordered and got me out of the funk I was in!!! Our campsite was beautiful, and this AMAZING park I have never visited did not disappoint and comes highly recommended! We explored the back roads and small towns around; we hiked (park has 238 miles of multiuse trails) a lot and ate great at our campfire laughing and telling stories into the night.

Summer is supposedly their monsoon season and we enjoyed amazing clouds and late afternoon rain.

I am not a landscape type photographer at all and asked Russell not to photograph me shooting a damn flower, but there was so much beauty around us and inspired the creativity that the COVID pandemic had taken from me. Here is my take on the breathtaking Texas State Park that is called Big Bend. I WILL BE BACK!

Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a high desert setting. It is located in far west Texas in the high desert setting of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Summers are hot, winters are mild, not much rain falls, and the scenery is magnificent.

Temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees by late morning and can reach as high as 130 degrees in the sun.

The State Park is over 300,000 acres and extends along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio to near Lajitas, in both Brewster and Presidio counties. The landscape varies from river lowlands to deep canyons, from high plateaus to steep-sided mountains. The elevation ranges from about 2,300 feet along the Rio Grande up to 5,135 feet at Oso Mountain.

A wide variety of mammals, snakes and birds make their home in the high desert environment as well as some wild Texas Longhorns.


The full moon at 7am still rests in the sky above the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend Ranch State Park.


Sunrise in the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend Ranch State Park.


Agua Adentro Mountain, Sauceda Road in the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend Ranch State Park.


Greater Roadrunner, River Road, FM 170.