When Matt and I were planning our trip out to Big Bend National Park, we knew we wanted to knock out some other attractions in the area because hey, when in west Texas right? This region of Texas is so remote, and there are so many little gems to be discovered out there, so we decided to tack some on to our itinerary. Here are some towns and attractions we visited which would make great Big Bend day trips!
Big Bend is one the largest national parks in the United States. At over 800,000 acres, it’s roughly the size of Rhode Island! It’s also one of the least visited national parks, averaging only 300,000 visitors per year. By comparison, Great Smoky Mountains National Park averages 11 million visitors per year, and the Grand Canyon has 5.9 million. The area has many unique activities and sights to experience, but planning for a trip there can be a little complicated due to a lack of information online (which stems from it being one of the least visited parks). So to help y’all out with any trip planning you may be doing, here are 26 things to know before you go: Big Bend edition.
So you’re planning a roadtrip. You’re going to be in a car for hours and hours and hours, with nothing but the good ol’ open road before you. [With many stops in between of course] That sounds like my kind of trip! You’re probably going to want a good playlist to keep you sane, entertained, and set the mood.
The backdrop of the American Southwest is beautiful and dramatic. The desert is stunning, and I drew inspiration from it to make my playlist for this trip. These were the songs we had on repeat for my adventure through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Even now, when I listen to them (at home, at work, during my commute) I get this intense feeling of nostalgia and I’m transported to the painted desert. You’ll notice there’s a lot of Lord Huron and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Their music was the perfect soundtrack in itself, but I tried my hardest to branch out beyond their albums.