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4 Ways To Find Solitude in Big Bend

The rolling yellow/green mountains of Big Bend National Park on a bright sunny day

We all understand the stress of being stuck in a routine, the constant activities that go along with everyday life, even personal or work pressures driving us to maximize our results. These factors, plus many more all equate to a drop in overall productivity and the body and mind feeling tired and ultimately in need of a break.

In Big Bend terms, we understand solitude to be a state of seclusion and a reduced level of contact with people and the outside world. Short-term solitude can have positive effects on your mental and physical wellbeing, allowing you a space to work, think, or perhaps rest without being disturbed. It helps us move into a state of balance, to enjoy our own company, and to be content with ourselves.

Big Bend is a vast wilderness that, without even necessarily looking for it, you can’t help but find solitude. Taking a moment out and sitting by the Rio Grande, being surrounded by the towering cliff faces, sitting atop the Chisos Mountain Range looking out over the desert, or lying by the pool on a hot day listening to the birds chirping away beside you: there are many opportunities for you to have some quality time to yourself.

It’s easy to become sucked into the unconscious state of the whirlwind of everyday life, becoming almost robot-like. Visiting national parks like Big Bend allows you to unplug, get back in touch with yourself, and take a moment to reflect on your life.

We will now share a few ways on how to find solitude here so you can really take advantage of your time in Big Bend.

  1. Spend some time with yourself
    Whether you’re coming to Big Bend with your family, a group, or your partner, taking some time for yourself is very important. Once you’ve found that certain mountain peak, a spot by the river, or any other comfortable, quiet place, take 30 minutes or so to sit, relax, and let your mind wander.
  2. Start the day early
    Are you an early morning riser? Or do you stay in bed after hitting snooze then rush breakfast and stress out trying to get to work on time? Don’t worry, you’re not alone but this is why we’d suggest getting out of bed early. Before your brain starts to set into overdrive and no other human is up making noise and the world around you hasn’t quite begun emailing and phoning, there is a certain peace in the morning that’s quite unique. Our cozy casitas are perfect for taking in the morning sunlight and serenity with Big Bend as your backdrop. Take some time to yourself and sip that freshly-brewed morning coffee.
  3. Daydream
    Believe it or not, daydreaming shouldn’t just be for children in school! The act of daydreaming encourages our brains to forget the task at hand, and while in this state, will begin working on other goals. It’s a positive brain function that can aid us in coming up with new solutions and ideas!
  4. Exercise
    Physical exercise and solitude go hand in hand. Leave your phone behind, don’t listen to music or podcasts, and go explore the outside world! Big Bend is nature’s playground and there are so many fun and exciting activities to do here. Escape to the Chisos Mountains for a day hike, enjoy a peaceful float on the Rio Grande through some spectacular canyons, or go deeper into Big Bend on a Jeep tour and experience the deafening silence of this vast national park.

Far Flung Outdoor Center offers you a chance to escape from the worries and stresses of everyday life and puts you in the epicenter of positive solitude. 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