Let My Big Bend Photography Inspire Your Next Visit

Big Bend photography to inspire your next trip

Last Updated on 03/06/20 by Rose Palmer

I have been posting many individual Big Bend photos from my recent visit to the Big Bend National Park area of Texas. I have gathered up 25 of my favorites into this one post for your enjoyment and reference.  So let my Big Bend photography inspire your next visit to one of my favorite National Parks.

It takes a little effort to get to Big Bend National Park but the scenery is worth the effort. Big Bend National Park was the first national park west of the Missiissippi that I visited with my young family when we first moved to Texas, so it will always have a special place I my heart. I found it no less exciting when I visited again many years later.

There are plenty of things to do in the Big Bend area and in the gateway communities to keep you busy for quite a while. I recently visited in early September which turned out to be a perfect time of year. It wasn’t that hot any more and the park had hardly any visitors.

The Big Bend area is also a very large International Dark Sky Park which makes it perfect for viewing the milkyway from horizon to horizon. The other advantage to visiting in September is that the milyway is easily visible right after sunset so you do not have to stay up until the middle of the night to see it.

My Big Bend Photography

The road less traveled in Big Bend National Park leading into the Chisos Mountains


The Chihuahuan desert and the Chisos Mountains

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP


Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP under storm clouds

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend NP


The Chisos Mountains are the only mountain range that exist completely within the boundaries of a US National Park


An ocotillo plant frames a view of the Cerro Castellan peak


On the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive


Santa Elena Canyon overlook at sunrise

Santa Elena Canyon


The Rio Grande is running high in the Santa Elena canyon after lots of rain

Early morning in Santa Elena Canyon


Early morning reflection on the Rio Grande in the Santa Elena Canyon trail area

Rio Grande reflection


Historic buildings still stand near the Castolon Visitors center

The Castolon Historic District in Big Bend national Park


Looking back toward the flat part of the Grapevine Hills Trail

The Grapevine Hills Trail


The Balanced Rock at the end of the Grapevine Hills trail


Looking out across the desert through the Balanced Rock view point

Balanced Rock viewpoint


The Rio Grande River is is muddy and running high after the rainy season in Big Bend at the Boquillas Canyon overlook

The Rio Grande at Boquillas Canyon Overlook


A  particularly colorful sunset at the Sotol Vista


The Windows Nature Trail in the Chisos basin gives a perfect view of The Window, especially at sunset.

Big Bend Windows view at sunset


Big Bend is also a designated Dark Sky Park – for good reason.

The Milky way over Big Bend


Couldn’t get enough of seeing the full Milky Way from horizon to horizon


Eve’s Garden B&B is a colorful and tasty place to stay in nearby  Marathon, TX


Unexpected floral greenery at the Gage Gardens in Marathon, TX

Gage Gardens in Marathon TX


Terlingua Ghost Town is best known for its annual Chili Cook Off, but it is also a fun place to visit at other times of the year


At the historic cemetery in Terlingua  you will find gifts of coins scattered throughout from the Day of the Dead celebration

Gifts of coins from the Day of the Dead celebration


The Lajitas Golf Resort is a peaceful green oasis bordered by Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande River

The Lajitas Golf Resort


The orderly grave mounds at the historic Lajitas cemetery.


The scenic drive in Big Bend Ranch State park follows the meandering Rio Grande River


To plan your next visit to Big Bend National Park, get all the most up to date information at the Big Bend NPS.gov site.

Thanks for visiting


Please note that my visit to the Big Bend area was hosted by Visit Big Bend but all content is my own


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