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Big Bend Ranch State Park

  • The largest state park isn’t just grand in size, it’s full of grand adventure.

Welcome to the Other Side of Nowhere!

Big Bend Ranch State Park offers outdoor recreation for the truly adventurous. This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a high desert setting. The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Things to Do

Visitors can hike, mountain-bike, backpack, paddle, ride horses or explore by vehicle (the park has two- and four-wheel-drive roads). The park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park; learn more about stargazing here. This is Texas’ biggest state park, so there’s a lot to explore! 

The park has 238 miles of multiuse trails (for hiking, biking and riding horses). Explore 70 miles of unmaintained dirt roads in high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo area offers great day-use access. Float, fish and hike, or drive the scenic Camino del Rio (FM 170). Visit our Activities page to learn more.

Campers can choose from drive-up or hike-in primitive sites, or equestrian sites. All sites (except backcountry) can be reached by vehicle. Some roads require four-wheel-drive or high clearance. Campsites offer solitude and great vistas; all (except backcountry) offer some camp amenities. Lodging is available at the Sauceda Bunkhouse

The park also has a 5,500-foot paved airstrip. If you plan to fly in, read the park's airstrip and aircraft guidelines (PDF), and be sure to call ahead to get up-to-date information and let park staff know when you will arrive.

Pick up backpacking, camping and river-use permits at the following places. You can also purchase maps and hunting and fishing licenses, as well as find information about the Big Bend region.

For more information on visiting the park: 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Visit our Volunteer page and zip code search for “79843.”

Ranger Programs

Check the Events page for upcoming programs.

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Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Guide Service Providers

Commercial outfitters lead guided tours and rent sports gear. They rent kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes, as well as other camping equipment. Outfitters lead horseback rides, river rafting trips, 4x4 tours, mountain bike tours, camp-outs, nature and birding hikes, and art and photography classes.

Are you uneasy about tackling this rugged park on your own? Do you want to try a new activity, like mountain-biking? An outfitter may be able to help. Visit our Guide Service Providers page for contact information.

Area Attractions

On your way in or out, stop for a dip in the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park.

Near Fort Davis, you can visit Fort Davis National Historic Site or Davis Mountains State Park. Learn about desert plants and animals at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. Enjoy a solar viewing or star party at the McDonald Observatory. You can also tour museums and art galleries, and road bike and hike through scenic areas.

If you like desert quirky, check out Terlingua. Tiny Marfa offers art galleries, mystery lights, and more.

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Sauceda Ranger Station (Northern Unit)
1900 Sauceda Ranch Road
Marfa, TX 79845

Latitude: 29.470458

Longitude: -103.957922

(432) 358-4444

Barton Warnock Visitor Center (River District/Southern Unit)

Terlingua, TX 79852

Latitude: 29.269902

Longitude: -103.757351

(432) 424-3327

Mailing Address
1900 Sauceda Ranch
Marfa, TX 79843
Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8919

Entrance Fees
  • 13 years and older: $5 Daily
  • 12 years and under : Free

Open daily.

Check for scheduled area closures

Office Hours

Sauceda Ranger Station:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily 

The Sauceda Ranger Station is closed on Dec. 25.


Obtain park information and permits for day use and camping in person at the Sauceda Ranger Station, Fort Leaton State Historic Site and Barton Warnock Visitor Center.


Note: The Sauceda Ranger Station is 27 miles of rugged, dirt road from FM 170. This is the only way in or out of the interior of the park. Motor homes and trailers are not recommended.

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