#1 Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park located in West Texas protects is a desert national park. It features desert, canyons, mountain range, and river. The Rio Grande river passing from the park serves as an international boundary between Mexico and the United States. The park is known for Chisos Mountains range that is the only mountain range in the United States fully contained within a national park. The 7,825 ft Emory Peak is the highest point of Chisos Mountain range located within Big Bend National Park. Park activities include hiking, mountain biking, camping, backpacking. horseback riding, bird watching, wildlifeviewing, stargazing, and scenic drives. Rio Grande river offers recreation activities such as raft, canoe, and kayak. Things to see include Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon, and Rio Grande Village. Best hiking trails for a closer look at Big Bend's mountain landscapes include Window Trail, Lost Mine Trail, trails to Boot Canyon, Emory Peak and the South Rim.