West Texas is mostly flat and desolate, right? Not Quite! Big Bend National Park is an exception to people's commonly-percieved notions that West Texas is flat and desolate. Big Bend National Park is the quintessential hidden gem of the state. At 801,000-plus acres, it’s one of the largest national parks in the United States, yet it’s also one of the least-visited parks. The low-visit rate might be because the park is nowhere close to a populated city center. Plus, the park has no Old Faithful or Mount Rushmore-type signature attractions so, it does not appear on many people's bucket lists. For those travelers willing to make an effort to see the park, wonders await them like nothing else they’ve ever seen. Only about half the park is in the United States. Mexico’s Parque Nacional Cañon de Santa Elena and Maderas del Carmen make up the remainder of the park's acreage. Biologically, the park is incredibly diverse. Some of the highest peaks in the Southwest are juxtaposed against seemingly endless prairie. As a result, Big Bend is home to over 1,200 protected plant species, along with rare mammals, birds, and reptiles. Many of these land animals are foragers and only come out early in the morning, late in the afternoon, or at night. Researchers have dated geological activity in the area back to the Paleozoic period, which was some five hundred million years ago. That activity, along with subsequent movements, created many of the canyons and rock formations which are spread throughout the park. Many visitors enjoy, hiking one of the park’s many trails or taking a trip down part of the Rio Grande River. But that’s only the beginning. Whether you're a seasoned RV camper, or a newbie, hitting the road for the first time, Big Bend National Park is ready for you. From primitive backcountry camping to cozy RV campgrounds, this park has something for everyone.