Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park is located in far west Texas on the US-Mexico Border,  just west of Big Bend National Park. Featuring 300,000 acres of desert landscape featuring spectacular views, rugged mountains, steep canyons and 238 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians.

Big Bend Ranch State Park provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the Chihuahuan Desert’s wildlife, plants, geology, and stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. It’s also designated as an International Dark Sky Park, offering breathtaking stargazing opportunities.

There are two main access points into the park: the east entrance at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, one mile

east of Lajitas on FM 170 (also known as Camino Del Rio/River Road); and the west entrance at the Fort Leaton Historic Site, four miles southeast of Presidio, also on FM 170. 

If you're visiting Big Bend National Park, you will likely drive through Big Bend Ranch State Park so take the opportunity to hike some of the trails that are easily accessible via the River Road.  Alternatively, if you are looking for a backcountry adventure considering visiting the park interior and camp or spend a night or two at the Sauceda Bunkhouse. But, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife website or purchase our hiking guide to prepare for this adventure as it is a 90-minute drive one way on a dirt road and there is no gasoline, food or services available within the park interior. 

A visit to Big Bend Ranch State Park will enhance your west Texas adventure!

For photos of Big Bend Ranch State Park visit our photo gallery.
Directions and additional information can be found in our guidebook and on Texas Parks & Wildlife's Big Bend Ranch State Park's website.

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Sunset view

The Hoodoos along FM 170/River Road

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