El Solitario is the Big Bend Ranch State Park newsletter. It has been supported by Compadres del Rancho Grande since 2007. The newsletter is published periodically and includes stories about park features, guides for enjoying the park, maps, and campsite information. Current and back issues can be viewed and downloaded from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/newsletters/el_solitario/index.phtml

Learn about the park to make the most of your visit. Here are some clips of the articles you'll find in El Solitario.

2018 Save Your Stars! ...."The whole park is exceptional for night sky viewing, but the darkest parts of the park are along the River Road (FM 170). West Contrabando Trailhead, the Big Hill and the Hoodoos Trailhead are among the darkest areas in the park.

2016 Exploring the Mountains ..."In spring 2015 seventh grade Spanish-English bilingual students from Magellan International School in Austin accomplished their Big Bend Challenge..."

2014 Discover Chorro Vista Loop ..."Getting to the Mexicano Falls Trailhead is a rugged trip requiring a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle, but the rewards are very much worth the effort." 

2012 Photographing Big Bend Ranch State Park ... "Carry filters. West Texas skies tend to be very bright and the land tends to be dark. Graduate neutral density filters tame the contrast..."

2008 A Sense of Place ..."El Solitario is the signature landscape feature of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Almost 10 miles across and nearly symmetrical..."

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