Ranching at Big Bend Ranch State Park
Learn about Big Bend Ranch and the ranching tradition at Big Bend Ranch State Park
First, See Views of the Ranch
How the Ranch Complex is laid out
Hiking at the Ranch
Green among the desert
The Ranch has mountains and canyons.
Precious, historic rock art called pictographs
Native Americans used these rock overhangs as shelter, evidenced by rock art.
These round holes, called "tinajas" are worn into the rock by pebbles swirled around by fast moving stream.
Sunset at the Ranch
There are equestrian trails in the park. The Texas Trail Riders Association provided horses and guides for this trip! They are a group of riders who love to ride around the state and do many service projects to help others enjoy this.
Trail rides have t rail bosses. They lead the riders, and everyone follows their commands.
Cattle at Big Bend Ranch State Park
Longhorns graze in the fields.
There is an annual Big Bend cattle drive!
People learn how to be a cowboy during the cattle round-up.
Cowboys are driving cattle through the gulch.
Lots of people try out this life. Here are two "cowgirls," Michelle from Arlington, and Lori from Grapevine
The ranch hosts photography workshops. Take a look at what you can see there, and you'll know why this is so popular here!
Two ways to use a sunset to your advantage. First, with the light to your back.
Then face the sunset; this desert tinaja takes on a completely different look.
Sunsets; best if the sun is just behind the clouds. Note the rays.
The more the clouds vary the more the depth afforded the picture.
Last, but not least, this sunset at Big Bend Ranch State Park highlighting the highest peak on the park, Oso Peak.