Big Bend National Park is an 801,163-acre park located in West Texas, bordering Mexico along the Rio Grande. You can get to the park’s headquarters by driving from Alpine, TX via Hwy 1 for about 108 miles or by driving south of Marathon, TX for about 70 miles.
When you get to the park, you will find that several features make this park stand out. First, you will find mountains that contrast with the desert, as well as river water that cuts deep canyons. You will also find a wide variety of plant and animal species in the park. You can, for example, find over 450 different bird species, 75 mammal species, 56 reptile species in the park, and about 100 different plant species.
The park is also popular for its rich geological features including volcanic dikes, dinosaur bones, and sea fossils. Furthermore, the park also has a rich cultural history to offer including archeological sites from Native Americans that go as far back as 10,000 years to more recent history made by miners, ranchers, and early pioneers.
Besides appreciating the natural splendor at the park, you can also enjoy recreational activities like boating, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, camping, bird-watching, float trips, and wildlife viewing. You can, of course, bring your dog along, but you will need to ensure that you strictly follow park rules if you want to have an enjoyable stay or visit to the park.
Some of the rules that you need to observe include the following. Your dog is not allowed on trails, on the river or off-road. Your dog can only go where your car can go. When venturing into areas of the park that you can access with your dog, you must ensure that your pooch is on a leash that is no more than six feet in length. You must also never leave your dog unattended, and it is good etiquette to immediately clean up after your dog and dispose of the poop in the right manner.