West of Big Bend National Park attractions

Park in West of Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park

At 433 sq miles, this massive state park is more than 11 times larger than Texas’ next biggest state park (Franklin Mountains in El Paso). Taking up almost all the desert between Lajitas and Presidio, Big Bend Ranch…
Visitor Center in Big Bend Ranch State Park

Barton Warnock Visitor Center

If you stop at only one Chihuahuan Desert exhibit in Big Bend country, make it this one, at the eastern entrance of Big Bend Ranch State Park, 1 mile east of Lajitas on FM 170. This education center is staffed by so…
Visitor Center in Big Bend Ranch State Park

Fort Leaton State Historic Site

This restored adobe fortress doubles as the western entrance and visitor center for Big Bend Ranch State Park, 4 miles southeast of Presidio. Look for exhibits about history and archaeology on-site. You can get back…
Picnic Area in Big Bend Ranch State Park

Tee Pees Picnic Area

For a leisurely lunch and a few photographs, plan to stop at this striking picnic area. You'll know when you see it – those tipis are hard to miss.