Museum of the Big Bend

Located on the beautiful campus of Sul Ross State University, the Museum of the Big Bend is a must-see for each visitor to the area. It is a wonderful repository of information on the entire Big Bend region with exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the area. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Visit or call (432) 837-8143 for more information.


Big Bend National Park

Big Bend is grand in scope at over 800,000 acres. Take a ride down in the early morning to explore the diverse biology and geology that make for a variety of scenic trails and incredible vistas. Visitors come from all over the world for hiking, backpacking, camping amongst the high Chisos mountains, down by the banks of the Rio Grande, and across the desert brush. Make all the preparations you need for an expedition down to the park: wear appropriate clothing, carry plenty of water, and call the park for more
visitor information at (432) 477-2251, or visit

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Just west of the national park is Big Bend Ranch State Park, featuring over 300,000 acres of wilderness. A favorite among locals for its miles of rugged and remote back-country trails, the park is a great venue for
mountain biking, horseback riding, and canoe excursions on the Rio Grande. Find out more information by calling the Big Bend Ranch State Park visitor center at (432) 424-3327 or


Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

A quick ride north of Alpine is the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, a facility established by the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute. This 500-acre family friendly facility is an interesting blend of informative exhibits and programs, a greenhouse and botanical center, and picturesque hikes featuring spectacular views of the Davis Mountains. The Center is open regularly Monday through Saturday. For more information on exhibits or hiking, visit or call the Center at (432) 364-2499.

McDonald Observatory

Trek north, through Fort Davis, to the famous astronomical research facility, the McDonald Observatory. Informative and detailed tours teach guests about heavenly bodies and the tools used to study them. Plan ahead to attend their famous Star Parties, where visitors get closeup views of the dark skies of West Texas through some of the largest telescopes in the world. Visit or call 432-426-3640 for more information.

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