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3 Days in Big Bend National Park

Incredible purple and blue sparkling starry sky over Big Bend National park

How to Spend a Long Weekend in Big Bend

If you’re lucky enough to be able to come and enjoy Big Bend National Park for 3 days, then you’re in for a real treat. Situated in Southwest Texas and home to the Chisos Mountain Range and the famous Rio Grande, Big Bend is enormous. With over 3,000 km² of desert wilderness to discover, there are plenty of things to do.

Unlike the Smoky Mountains or the Grand Canyon, you won’t have to worry about hordes and hordes of visitors streaming into Big Bend, it’s quite the opposite. We love the wide-open spaces and secluded nature of this wonderful national park—so come, disconnect, unwind, and explore this vast barren region in the few days that you’re planning to visit.

So, here’s how we would recommend spending 3 days in Big Bend:

Day 1

Arriving from any direction into Big Bend National Park is an experience in itself. There are a number of scenic drives that allow you to experience the impressive mountain views and deep canyons peering down onto the majestic Rio Grande. So take your time, pause for some photos, and enjoy the ride.

After you arrive, we’ll get you settled into one of our cosy casitas and then you can fully commence your first day. We would highly recommend a hike. A hike allows you to get out, get a feel for the area, and enjoy the expansive views and endless wilderness first-hand. There are a number of hiking trails you can take in the area from beginner wheelchair accessible paths to those who are experienced and are after a challenge. Just ask!

After you’ve stretched your legs and seen the beauty of this unique area, we’d then recommend retreating to the casita to take a well-earned break from the desert air. Jump in the refreshing swimming pool, enjoy the nibbles and snacks you brought with you, and prepare to lie under the blanket of evening stars twinkling in the desert sky.

Day 2

On day 2, after a peaceful night’s rest, there’s only one thing we’d recommend—get out on the river. The most unique way of seeing Big Bend’s deep canyons, towering mountains, and vast deserts are from the water. Taking a river trip on the awesome Rio Grande allows you and your group access to the most impressive perspective of this park. Not only that, the river is abundant with wildlife with the opportunity to see catfish, green sunfish, the spotted chirping frog, and much, much more! A most memorable day out and something you won’t forget for years to come, we can say that with confidence.

Day 3

After 2 full days of adventure, why not explore the lesser-known corners of the park? Our profound knowledge of Big Bend will take you to the most remote and rugged parts. How can we do that you ask? On one of our famous Jeep tours, of course. Since 1998, we’ve been buckling up passengers in our Jeep Wranglers and showing our guests some hidden park gems that otherwise would be inaccessible to many travelers. The rugged terrain is an obstacle but adds to the adventure and our unrivaled knowledge of the park allows you to discover the hidden historical sites, the stunning geological formations, and enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring views the park has to offer. A perfect way to end your 3-day adventure in Big Bend National Park.

Far Flung Outdoor Center: A chance to escape the cycle of everyday life. Come for a long weekend and admire this spectacular part of the world while disconnecting from the screens. Trek, swim, kayak, drive, relax, eat, enjoy, and create memories that’ll last a lifetime. If you’re looking for more expert advice on options around Big Bend then get in contact with us or just send me an email at

— Greg