• Road Trip Ideas: El Paso to Big Bend

  • Map of Big Bend National Park
  • Marfa Lights
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Bend National Park

If anyone is in the Texas area and looking for a little time away from home, check out this 320 mile road trip from El Paso, TX to Big Bend. This trip guides drivers through where Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico meet and provides ample opportunities to take advantage of a bit of culture.

On this trip, vacationers will be able to ride through the arts community in Marfa, Texas on Route 67, where the famous Marfa Ghost Lights will be waiting for your viewing pleasure. These lights are known as a paranormal phenomenon, but some people with a little less flair for the dramatic believe they are just atmospheric reflections of auto headlights and campfires. Others even say they are just static electricity or the more eccentric, swamp gas. Whatever they are, they draw many visitors every year, so take a trip and decide for yourself.

Hit the jump for more information on the El Paso to Big Bend Road Trip.

Road Trip Ideas: El Paso to Big Bend
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Map of Big Bend National Park

Another big feature for this particular road trip is the Big Bend National Park where about 364,876 people visit every year (number taken from 2008 figures) for hiking, camping, and rafting. There are picnic areas, front country and back country camping, and about 201 miles of hiking trails. On a more educational note, there are 287,342 catalogued museum objects and about 2,340 sites for archeological resources to date.

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Big Bend National Park

Animal lovers will also have their fair share of critters to check out. Big Bend is home to many different animals, including the more interesting mountain lions, snakes, scorpions, spiders, and centipedes. Visitors are instructed to check their shoes, sleeping bags, and bedding before sticking any one of your body parts in them, and always carry a flashlight at night. This all sounds a bit scary, but the warning is there so people can travel safely. Only three mountain lion attacks have been reported in the last decade, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Big Bend National Park

Another thing to look out for is sunburn and dehydration. Big Bend encourages everyone to stay hydrated with at least one gallon of water per person/ per day of their trip. It is also important to apply sunscreen and, although it may be tempting, don’t swim in the Rio Grande. If swimming is important to add to your agenda then a three hour drive north to the Balmorhea State Park is in order. If more driving is not on the agenda, then take a soak in Big Bend’s hot springs.

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Big Bend National Park

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  (441) posted on 08.3.2011

Agreed. The Big Bend is like a heavenly sanctuary. The location is the best option especially to everyone that is nature lover. Aside from hiking there are lots of activities that can be done here.

  (599) posted on 08.3.2011

Well, this is a best option especially when you are near in that location. The scenery is kind of beautiful and it seems like a relaxing place to visit.

  (569) posted on 07.6.2011

hmm. It seems that you been needing your car for the travel in going in this place but I think in order to see the full view of the place you been needing to walk.

  (428) posted on 07.6.2011

Wow! i think El Paso would be a good place for vacation! And with the mountain style of the landscape a off-road vehicle would be a great choice.

  (379) posted on 06.16.2011

A Trip to Big Bend is just a fun and relaxing thing to do. If a person is trapped in the noise of El Paso, going to a place like Big Bend Park can bring a huge impact and peace of mind to a person.

  (531) posted on 05.20.2011

Well, I could say that this one is really a great trip. For my part, I was also able to get to Big Bend, though I used an entirely different route. The park was really a nice place to visit.

  (498) posted on 05.19.2011

Yeah, it would be a good idea to add those things to this section. That would certainly help a lot of folks, since they will be able to assess how much they will spend here.

  (647) posted on 05.19.2011

This one is definitely a good idea to include in your blog. However, this one would have been better if you have included essentials, such as the cost of the entire trip and and where the best places to stay in the area are.

  (415) posted on 05.18.2011

Lucky for you, that route has a lot of interesting sites to see, especially when you reach the Big Bend park. I hope the guys here keep on posting more travel ideas.

  (394) posted on 05.18.2011

I was able to take part of this route last year, starting from Maria towards Big Bend. I would say that the trip was in deed quite a spectacular one.

  (577) posted on 05.18.2011

I agree that this is not the best of the best. I don’t like to think that this article is
kind of biased since El Paso is not the only place that have this wonderful scenery. I suggest
that they would write more about different authentic places.

  (580) posted on 05.18.2011

Well,I think this is one of the best places that we can get from road trips!
However, I really enjoyed the views in the images! I really love the swimming part, best for
this summer!

  (18) posted on 05.17.2011

I am very happy to see this article and hope to see many more great regional "road trips" - specific vehicle references not needed!!!

  (7) posted on 05.17.2011

I live in El Paso and I have been wanting to do this drive. From what I hear the drive is great full of twisties and nice scenery. I think this fits well in the Car section for people who want to take road trips.

  (488) posted on 05.17.2011

Yeah, I agree, you should add this one to your articles. A lot of folks would be looking for travel ideas like these, which will really attract visitors.

  (427) posted on 05.17.2011

Well, I agree that this place is quite good for relaxation! However, I just wonder on what does this news doing here in the car section? There’s no car mentioned except for the road but I don’t think that its appropriate here!

  (377) posted on 05.17.2011

Wow! This road trip would be perfect for summer getaway! Big Bend is a great place for outdoor activities! I bet the national park looks great in real! And oh! There are lot of activities that can be done here!

  (276) posted on 05.17.2011

Hey, this one is actually a rather nice new idea that you have put up here. Maybe it would be a good one if you do this regularly for readers.

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