Brewster County Travel & Relocation Guide 2021-22 - Page 8
BIG BEND National Park
Visitors to Big Bend are often unprepared for the vast distances between features there . Simply driving the main roads in the park boundaries can be an all-day affair , especially as the low speed limits are vital to protecting both visitors to the park and its flora and fauna . If you only have one day to see Big Bend , choosing features in a single area of the park will save you hours of road time and provide a richer experience . For visitors with multiple days to spend , organizing each day by geography will save time and pack more delights into the experience .
The Chisos Basin features the Chisos Mountains Lodge and Restaurant , a visitor ’ s center , and many hikes for adventurers of all ages and abilities , including a paved viewing loop for the Window , one of the park ’ s most popular geological features . Below the Basin , a side trip to the Grapevine Hills and Balancing Rock rounds out a day of gorgeous views and short , rewarding hikes . Panther Junction , the main visitor ’ s center at the junction of Highway 385 and 118 , is a wealth of information and exhibits for children and adults . Nine miles north of Panther Junction on Highway 385 is the Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit , a striking openair interactive museum of the paleontological history of the park . Carefully made and chock full of fascinating stories and specimens , even the design of the building is worth a visit .