Big Bend National Park is in Far West Texas marking the boundary between the state of Texas and Mexico. This desert terrain is remote and has zero light pollution giving stargazers and night sky photographers some of the most breathtaking starry views in the world. Standing under the dark sky on a cloudless night, the Milky Way can be clearly seen a little way above the horizon. Showcasing a beautiful display of stars, gas, and dust held together by gravity’s pull, this milky band of beautiful light across the night sky is a sight to behold! But starry nights aren’t the only thing to enjoy when visiting Big Bend. Renowned for its hiking trails, scenic drive, solitary mountain range, and weather-beaten desert, there’s is so much more to this amazing National Park! Cutting through the park and creating some of its most beautiful features is the Rio Grande River, which bends and twists between canyon walls and desert making this place truly magical. If you love stars, canyons, deserts, and rivers or just want to get away from it all, then this is the place to go!
Top Photography Locations and Sights at Big Bend National Park:
As photographers, we know that many of you will only have one chance in a lifetime to visit the National Parks. To make your life easier, we have compiled a list of our top photography locations and sights at Big Bend National Park! While this is not comprehensive, and there are many more amazing sights to see, it should give you a good feel for the park.
- Casa Grande Peak (Vista from Visitor’s Center)
- Window View
- Rio Grand Overlook (Vista from Road)
- Santa Elena Canyon (small hike at the end of Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive)
- Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive (can see hoodoos along it)
- Lost Mine Peak Trail (4.8 miles hike round trip)
- Balanced Rock (7 mile drive along primitive road, 1 mile hike)
- Hot Springs
- Hot Springs Historic Trail (Rio Grande Overlook)
- Stars & Astrophotography
Map of Big Bend National Park:
- Featured Photo Credit: Rio Grande River, by tpsdave
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