Truly a unique experience, Big Bend National Park is home to a great variety of life, including organisms thriving on desert to mountain to river. Unfortunately, I did not have my macro lens and could not capture certain species, including a poisonous snake that was red, white, and black crossing the road. In the early morning, one must be careful of all the rabbits hopping across the road. This park is only 6 hours West of San Antonio and visiting it somehow convinced me to donate to the National Park Foundation, the fundraising arm of the National Park Service. They run a nice operation overall, considering how many national parks I have visited; I am overall impressed with this governmental organization’s activities. Not as big as Yellowstone but proportionally as diverse, Big Bend is a hidden gem that currently is under visited but may change in the future. Currently, it seems as though more foreigners have discovered this park than Americans. This 800,000 acre park is one of the larger ones in the United States but only one of two national parks in Texas. Rio Grande cuts across this park and separates Texas from Mexico, however, another park on the Mexico side supports the same mission by the Mexican government in collaboration with the US NPS Crossing the river to the other side is illegal, transportation must be documented at the proper points. However, peddlers frequently cross to the US side to sell their wares to US tourists. Besides the park, another unique aspect is encountering border patrol. Just act cool and you will not need to show documents along the road stops. Overall, the 6 hour drive each way and many hours within the park was well worth it.