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Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert – Sun sets on the Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

The Chihuahuan Desert stretches across the northern state of Chihuahua and spills over into west Texas and parts of Arizona and New Mexico.  It is the second largest desert in North America behind the Great Basin Desert.

The desert features several mountain ranges. In Big Bend National Park the beautiful Chisos Mountains rise up from the Chihuahuan Desert reaching up to its highest point at Emory Peak at 7825 feet. Most people come to the Chisos Basin and hike the trails on the plateau. The Chihuahuan Desert section of the park is also worth a look.

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

View of the Chihuahuan Desert

Different desert than the popular conception

When people think of the desert, they think of flat and sandy with little vegetation. The Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend is much different though. It is rugged and rocky with a vibrant bird and animal life. The Dodson Trail as it passes through Big Bend is anything but flat.

The colors of the desert are extraordinary. It is a stark golden brown terrain that changes character depending on the way the light plays on its features. The prime time for this display is during the evening when not only does the temperature cool down, but the waning light turns the desert into an impressive painting.

Read the three part adventure from the author starting here – Big Bend Chisos Mountain hike

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

The rugged Chihuahuan Desert near St. Elena Canyon

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

The Homer Wilson Ranch in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

A look down on the Chihuahuan Desert from the Chisos Mountains

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Desert blooms in the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend

Big Bend National Park Texas

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Sierra Del Carmens

Looking toward the Sierra Del Carmens and the Rio Grande

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend National Park near Homer Wilson Ranch

Big Bend National Pakr

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Blue Creek Trail

The Blue Creek Trail in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Close up of a desert butte in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Typical desert flora in the Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

The Dodson Trail as it cross the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

More spectacular rock formations in the Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Dodson Trail

The Dodson Trail through the Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend National Park

Blue skies over a Big Bend hill – Check out the plant at the very top

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

A closer look at a yucca plant on top of the hill

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

An extreme close up

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Looking down on the Chihuahuan Desert from the Blue Creek Trail

Big Bend Chihuahuan Desert

Hiking the Blue Creek Trail in Big Bend

Big Bend National Park Texas

The rugged Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend Dodson Trail

The rugged Dodson Trail in Big Bend National Park

Read tips on hiking Big Bend here – Big Bend Outer Mountain Loop hiking tips

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