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“Another beautiful Park.”

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Presidio
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Owner description: Site where organized camel trail rides take place in West Texas.
Stow, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Another beautiful Park.”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

I would suggest that you go here if you are headed to Big Bend National Park. Go by way of the river road, which is just spectacular. Wonderful views along the way. Even more remote than the National Park and just as lovely. Very few places to stay so plan ahead.

Visited March 2014
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Dallas, Texas, Usa
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Scenic Views”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

The state park is much more laid back than the national park. They have some great mountain biking trails that will challenge even the No Fear crowd. They allow you to take your pets is on a leash. A must see is the drive up 170 to Presidio. Might be one of the best I've ridden the Harley on. Some Serious elevation changes, and if your lucky (or as my wife says Crazy) you can get airborne on some of them.

Visited March 2014
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Mars Hill, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Remote and beautiful”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

It's a beautiful and very lightly visited area. Many great trails and the mountains and desert are lovely. Claret cacti were blooming. The 27 mile gravel road to access the area is rough and windy and takes at least 1 1/2 hours.

Visited March 2014
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The Woodlands
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“A jewel that many don't know about!”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

If you are headed to the Big Bend National Park make the time to spend at least one day here at the state park. Start at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center for maps and recommendations. Staff was set up to handle the spring break crowds. You can easily spend an hour in the interpretive center and touring the cactus gardens. Don't miss the overlook point for some spectacular views. Absolutely do the drive to Presidio and stop to hike along the way. I recommend the Closed Canyon Trail and Hoodoo Trail which each talk about an hour. Mountain biking in this park is fabulous. There are some awesome primitive camping spots with some of the most amazing views I've ever seen. Adding camping here to my bucket list!

Visited March 2014
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Keller, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

This area has only been a Texas State Park since the 90s and funding is always an issue. Still, there are lots of things to see. The drive between Redford and Lajitas has to be one of the most spectacular in Texas. Must stop to see Contrabando (movie site) and hike Closed Canyon. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, there are lots of other hikes in the interior. The road can be a beating, literally, in places. We wanted to see the Solitario on a previous visit but gave up before we could get there as you have to spend 30+ miles on unpacked roads. This year, the Rio Grande was wide and a pretty greenish blue color. There are lots of places that have access on highway 170.

Visited March 2014
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