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Big Bend Ranch State Park / Lajitas

Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP) offers 238 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding as well as other activities such as camping and stargazing. A 4WD vehicle is needed for most of the interior of the park, with 70 miles of unmaintained dirt roads. You can purchase your park permits before your arrival or at the visitor centers (Barton Warnok or Fort Leaton). For a full list of activities and other information, please visit BBRSP's website.


Tip #1: Rent our park essentials bundle for a seamless and unforgettable adventure to and from the park.

Tip #2: Review BBRSP's safety guidelines and park alerts

Tip #3: Stop by the Sunoco Gas Station to fill up your tank and the Lajitas General Store to grab water, food, and other supplies. 


1-Day Itinerary (4WD not required)


MORNING | Breakfast & Preparation

In the morning, get a park pass at the Barton Warnock Visitors Center. Grab a fresh breakfast sandwich or burrito down the road at the Lajitas General Store. We also recommend purchasing a box lunch, snacks, and drinks from here to munch on when exploring the state park.

AFTERNOON | Hike & Site See

Drive the famous "Big Hill" / "River Road" to hike Hoodoos and Balanced Rocks Trailhead (1.2 mi easy trail) and Closed Canyon Trailhead (1.4 mi moderate trail). Make sure to stop at one of the Big Hill overlooks to snap a photo. On your way back to Lajitas, check out the Contrabando Movie Set. There's also a restroom here!

EVENING | Shop & Dine

Stop at Lajitas Golf Resort to explore some shops and western architecture. Grab a drink at The Thirsty Goat and maybe an early dinner at Boardwalk Bakery and Pizzeria. If you have time, stop by the historical Lajitas Cemetery and the pen of Clay Henry, the Mayor of Lajitas.


Contrabando Movie Set (Abandoned) Lajitas Texas




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