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Big Bend: A World Apart and Just a Stone’s Throw Away

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It’s an extremely humbling experience to visit Big Bend National Park. Not simply because of its magnitude, but because the National Park Service has referred to this piece of land along United States-Mexico border as “…one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States.” Often times, Texas is marketed as a whole other country, a world apart (so-to-speak), but to visit this park and this part of the Lone Star State is to understand the truth in that statement.

Big Bend: A World Apart and Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Photo: Facebook/Big Bend National Park

Statistics identify that Big Bend is one of the least-visited within the federal park system. By car, the trip to the park from both of the nearest international airports (Midland and El Paso) is no less than four hours. And speaking of cars, this isn’t truly the recommendation. Rent a truck or an SUV – something with the potential to go into 4-wheel-drive if needed. You really have to have a sense of determination to get there, or you live in the area, which means you’re a tougher Texan than most can lay claim to being. The long trip to the park and its relative ghost towns (Terlingua, Lajitas, and Study Butte), is for those looking to witness something of the past, practically untouched.

Big Bend: A World Apart and Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Photo: Facebook/Big Bend National Park

The undeveloped natural beauty of the area ultimately can’t be surpassed. Silence by day, darkness by night; one could feel lost even when they’re not. Or, it could be the perfect place to “find yourself.” If you’re longing for a reprieve from today’s persistent texting, emails, and smartphone notifications, there’s no better place than one that undependable power and limited cell service. When you can walk around hear nothing but the sound of your own thoughts competing with only the muted wings of birds flapping high overhead, you’re in the right place for soul-searching, if nothing else.

Big Bend: A World Apart and Just a Stone’s Throw Away
Photo: Facebook/Big Bend National Park

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