Big Bend National Park, Texas USA

Last year during my holidays, I visited Big Bend National Park in southern Texas. The park is a remote and desolate area with a enormous variety of vegetation, vertebrates and insects. The Wikipedia writes as follows:

Despite its harsh desert environment, Big Bend has more than 1,200 species of plants (including 60 cactus species), over 600 species of vertebrates, and about 3,600 insect species. The variety of life is largely due to the diverse ecology and changes in elevation between the dry, hot desert, the cool mountains, and the fertile river valley. Most of the animals are not visible in the day, particularly in the desert. The park comes alive at night, with many of the animals foraging for food. About 150 cougar (Puma concolor) sightings are reported per year, despite the fact that only two dozen cougars live in the park.[15] Other species that inhabit the park include coyote (Canis latrans), kangaroo rat (Dipodomys spp.), greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), gray fox (Urycon cinereoargenteus), collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), and black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus). Mexican black bears (Ursus americanus eremicus) are also present in the mountain areas.

Despite this all, Big Bend NP is one of the least visited national parks of the USA, according to the Wikipedia, in the 10-year period from 2009 to 2019, an average of 377,154 visitors entered the park annually. I experienced this too, because while driving through the park, I encountered only a few cars. The photos in the gallery are supportive in showing the magnificence of this remote area.


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