This darker color of Prickly Pear Cactus was fairly common throughout the park. It is often used as an ornamental in gardens.
This was in the group campsite at Rio Grande Village.
This was on the trail approaching the hot springs.
This is the trail to the hot springs, about 1/5 of a mile long.
This is very common of the vista's we saw throughout the park
This was along the path to the hot springs
A lot of people come to Big Bend just for the geology. The Park Rangers even have special programs about the parks geology.
Maggie Smith used to have a store here near the hot springs before Big Bend became a national park.
This is a natural hot springs that surfaces near the Tornillo Creek. The foundation for an old bath house creates a nice tub.
These are in Mexaco, across the Rio Grande River from the park. They are just above the village of Boquillas.
This is just outside of Big Bend NP, looking west. (Study Bluff is a town)
The Group Campsite at Rio Grande Village has easy access to the river for launching or retrieving boats.
This mortar hole was used by prehistoric people to grind and process foods. It was on the Nature Walk near Rio Grande Village.
Big Bend is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, which extends 300 miles into Mexico
This was from the Nature Walk at Rio Grande Village, near sunset.
Most of the cactus we saw didn't have fruit this time of year, but we found a couple that did.
This is across from Rio Grande Village near sunset
These unusual rock formations are part of the Ouachita Fold Belt, formed roughly the same time as the Appalachian Mountains (275-290 million years ago)
These are highly deformed rock formations of the Ouachita Fold Belt.
We've seen very few Longhorn Cattle in Texas, but the coloring on this fellow was kind of unusual looking. Cattle did a lot of damange to the grasses in Big Bend as the ecosystem is quite fragile.
This was at Hannold Draw, just north of Panther Junction main Visitor Center.
I think this is a Checkered White butterfly. It was along the Nature Walk near Rio Grande Village.
This is a small Mexican village across the river from Rio Grande Village. This was near sunset.
I believe these plants are Soap Tree Yucca's.
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