In addition to the national park there is a state park along the Rio Grande in west Texas called Big Bend Ranch State Park. While smaller than the national park, it is still very large.
Our morning in the park took us along the renown River Road, which is very scenic.
Our first hike of the day was through Closed Canyon. The trail through this slot canyon quickly becomes sided by 150′ cliffs.
Eventually you reach a point where you need rappelling equipment to continue over large erosions, so we had to turn around and return to the car.
The HooDoo Trail is another highlight of the park. Being able to get close up gives you a sense of how large they are.
Our time along the Rio Grande ended with this hike. From this point forward it will be north and east towards home.