The Big Bend parks managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and supported by Compadres del Rancho Grande encompass over 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan desert ecosystem.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is located along the Rio Grande and is adjacent to Big Bend National Park. It is Texas’ largest state park. Within this rugged and remote park is La Sauceda Complex which is made up of a three-bedroom ranch house and the Sauceda Lodge Bunk House, both available for guests. Primitive camping and backpacking sites are also available, as well as many opportunities for adventure: 23 miles of river frontage, 66 miles of trails, including some trails for mountain biking and horseback riding.
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The Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center serves as the eastern gateway to Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Center houses interpretive displays covering the geology, archeology, history and natural history of the Big Bend region. It also has a gift shop, book store, and a two-acre botanical garden.
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Fort Leaton State Historic Site is at the western edge of Big Bend Ranch State Park. This fortified adobe trading post was built in 1848. The site now provides exhibits on history, pioneer life, archeology, and natural history, as well as guided tours and picnic areas on the grounds around the fort. Information and permits for Big Bend Ranch State Park can also be obtained here.
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Chinati Mountains State Natural Area includes 40,000 acres 20 miles north of Presidio. It is not currently open to the public.