The Big Bend parks managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and supported by Compadres del Rancho Grande encompass over 350,000 acres of Chihuahuan desert ecosystem.

The park system includes:

  • Big Bend Ranch State Park
  • Fort Leaton State Historic Site
  • Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center
  • Chinati Mountains State Natural Area
Please see descriptions and links below:




Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park is located along the Rio Grande west of Big Bend National Park. It is Texas’ largest state park. In the interior of the park is La Sauceda Complex. Sauceda includes park headquarters and the Sauceda Lodge Bunk House. 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.

For more information about Big Bend Ranch State Park, go to:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/


Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center

The Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center is 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.

For more information about the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, go to: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/barton_warnock/

Fort Leaton State Historic Site