There's been only a very little bit of internet chatter about the proposed Boquillas border crossing, which will connect Boquillas del Carmen on the Mexican side with the visitors' center on the U.S. side. Now, we bring you the exciting news that the construction of the crossing is underway!
Check out this article from Wall Street Journal for all the wonderful details, including images of workers and patrol officers surveying the part of the border that will serve as the crossing's location. In case you aren't up to speed on the Boquillas crossing, let's look at few facts:
Aside from the Wall Street Journal article above, you can also read this article, announcing basically the same thing. Also, here is an interesting read regarding the U.S. and Mexico's pledge to work together in conservation of the natural wonders both countries share.
Big Bend Book Club
For the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing some books about Big Bend and the surrounding area. For this week, we turn your attention to Enjoying Big Bend National Park. This is much like a tour guide for hikers, campers, swimmers, rafters, or just those that want to drive around and see the wonders of Big Bend.
Written by an experienced naturalist, Gary Clark, Enjoying Big Bend National Park is guaranteed to give you everything you need to plan a trip to the park. And, with beautiful photography by Kathy Adams Clark, you'll almost feel like you're already in the park, just by reading the book!
There are some views you just can't take in all at once. Like a dazzling sunset or breathtaking field of wildflowers—you just can't appreciate such beauty in the moment, a moment that is often over before you realize it, the forms and colors of that marvelous vista already fading in your memory. Perhaps it was with the goal of preserving such scenes that the first camera was invented, a goal that you may still share when you visit a place as beautiful as Big Bend and the surrounding area. Why not take a look through our new and improved photo galleries to see what amazing sights have been preserved by astounded visitors and appreciative locals? When you see the mountains, plains, flora, and fauna displayed in those images, you'll be glad the gallery contributors took their camera along.
Among the many activities available in Big Bend National Park that highlight the region's diversity of wildlife, birding can be enjoyable and promising. Big Bend engulfs a vast area, bounded by the the rushing Rio Grande valley to the south, containing high peaks in the Chisos Mountains, and boasting both desert and forest climates between the two. It embodies the very diversity that makes America great, providing countless opportunities to spot more than 450 birds in one area.
What are your new year's resolutions for 2012? Did you keep your resolutions for 2011? While the top resolutions each year include losing weight, learning something new, traveling, or getting out of debt, here's a new challenge you can take on this year: spot all the bird species in Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend has some of the most spectacular scenery in Texas, if not the entire US. Our big sky country rivals any other state and our night skies are as dark as anywhere for excellent star gazing. The beautiful light and great scenery make for a photographer’s paradise.
There are many things you may love to do in Big Bend National Park in the heat of summer, but running or jogging is probably not one of them. With 90+ degree temperatures, there simply is no such thing as a nice July run in West Texas. With the dry weather we've had this year, you have truly hostile workout conditions. That all changes this time of year, though, as temperatures drop and the sun gives us a break for a few months. What a great time to get out on some trails in Big Bend!