Big Bend Ranch State Park Texas
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With an elevation of 4,149 feet, weather at Big Bend State Park includes mild winters October through February, with an average temperature of about 80 degrees. Summers are hot with temperatures up to the low 100
For a PDF map of the area click here or on the map.
There is little development in the park to date, but certain areas of the park have limited recreational use and vehicular access. To obtain permits and pay user fees, visitors must contact one of the following offices:
Park Information and Permits
Park information and permits for day use and camping may be obtained in person from 8:00 am 5:00 pm daily at four locations:
Big Bend Ranch State Park Administrative Office Presidio 432-229-3416
Fort Leaton State Historic Site Presidio 432-229-3613
Sauceda park interior 432-358-4444
Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center Lajitas 432-424-3327
Permits are required for use of Primitive Road and Front Country Campsites and for Backcountry Zone Camping. Day Use visitors are required to obtain a free permit for motorized entry into the Primitive Road Zone.
Campsite and backcountry reservations may be made in advance by calling (432) 229-3416 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Permits must be picked up in person.
Vehicular Access: The scenic drive along the River Road (Texas FM 170), following the meanders of the Rio Grande, is among the most spectacular in the nation. Vehicular traffic into the park interior is allowed on the 35-mile, well-maintained gravel park road and several miles of designated, 4-wheel-drive trails. Motor homes and large recreational vehicles may not be able to enter back country park areas.
River Access: FM 170 allows access to small recreation areas along the river and to rafting and canoeing "put-in" and "take-out" points.
Wilderness Access:Thirty miles of hiking and backpacking trails are accessible at trail heads along FM 170, and opportunities for short hikes abound at several locations along the interior park road.
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