Big truly describes this area. The soaring peaks of the Davis and Chisos Mountains contrast with the deep canyons worn by the Rio Grande. The floor of the Chihuahuan Desert exhibits a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation that thrive in the desert climate.
The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s brought opportunities for business and development. Today, immense ranches dominate this scenic part of the state, but hardy communities offer a variety of museums, recreation and entertainment facilities. Big Bend area cities include Alpine, Lajitas, Marathon, Study Butte and Terlingua in Brewster County; Sanderson in Terrell County; Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County; and Marfa and Presidio in Presidio County. The combined counties cover 14,671.3 square miles.
Because of the vast distances between towns, be sure the gas tank is filled while traveling the area.