Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park

The Chisos Mountains are a mountain range located in the Big Bend area of West Texas, United States. The mountain range is contained entirely within the boundaries of Big Bend National Park. This is the only mountain range in the United States to be fully contained within the boundary of a national park. It is also the southernmost mountain range in the mainland United States.The highest point in the Chisos Mountain range is Emory Peak at 7825ft above sea level.LocationThe Chisos Mountains are located in Big Bend National Park. The range of mountains extends twenty miles from Punta de la Sierra in the southwest to Panther Junction in the northeast. An extensive trail system and permit-required backcountry campsites are maintained by Big Bend National Park for its visitors. The Northeast Rim and Southeast Rim trails are closed from February 1 through May 31 along with some of the backcountry campsites along these trails to protect the local peregrine falcon population.The mountain area is partly forested (recovering from logging and overgrazing prior to the area's inclusion in the National Park System in the 1930s), and surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert. The nearby towns include Study Butte, Terlingua, Fort Stockton, 135 miles north, Alpine, 105mi northwest and Presidio, about 100mi west. Two Mexican towns (Boquillas and Santa Elena) border the park; and cross-border access was reopened in 2011.
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  • Had a wonderful drive up the Chisos Mountains to the Basin. Unfortunately the Lost Mine Trail was closed due to bear activity! We arrived at the Basin and took in the view! The Visitor Centre was ok a...  more »
  • Great hike. Not for little kids.... have to cross water on rocks and climb lots of steps. Take water and snack! We loved it. Took our 9 yr old and 11 yr old.  more »
  • Going from the desert floor to these scenic mountain vistas is an intriguing drive. Take your time to enjoy this centerpiece of Big Bend NP once you get to the basin. A short and easy mountain road to...  more »
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