Big Bend National Park, Alpine, Texas, USA
Come and explore the world’s most magnificent rock collection—your National Parks.
There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.
The science of geology will help you to better understand park scenery and Earth systems. The National Park Service uses science-based conservation methods to ensure that geologic features and systems are protected and remain as a legacy for future generations. But, our treasured geologic sites need everyone’s help and respect—most have developed through natural processes over millions of years and are irreplaceable. Learn about geology, visit the parks, and discover your Geologic Heritage.
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