VisitBigBend - Lodging, Food, Activities, and Driving Directions for the Big Bend Region of Texas
Getting Here

Getting Here

Getting here can be half the fun, but not if you don't plan well. Big Bend is one of the most remote areas of the lower 48 states. Because of this, it can be hard to visit, unless you have a good idea of how to get here and how to get around once you are here. Big Bend is a long way from major population centers, and public transportation connections are limited at best. Many people drive all the way, round trip. However, there are other alternatives that may save time, money and stress.


Most who visit Big Bend drive a personal vehicle. Public transportation is available, but not always most convenienent.  From most cities of origin, there is a fastest way to get to the National Park Area, as well as alternate routes that  sometimes offer more scenery and less stress than the relentless pace of  US 90 and Interstates 10 and 20.

Flying commercially will only get you part of the way to Big Bend. However, flying in and renting a car is a convenient and enjoyable way to see Big Bend and the West Texas Mountains.

West Texas grew up around the train, and the train still delivers visitors to Big Bend. Your vacation begins as soon as you take a seat in the city of origin. Please double check with AMTRAK as times may change and schedules sometimes run behind.

If you come by public transport, you may want to rent a vehicle

The Big Bend is one of the best places in Texas, maybe the world, to ride a motorcycle. There are hundreds of miles of scenic paved highways with mountains and curves galore

Fastest way to drive to  Big Bend from Houston is take I-10 about 200 mi. to San Antonio, and either continue I-10 about 315 mi. to Fort Stockton, or you can take US 90 from San Antonio about 160 mi. to  Del Rio, then 175 mi. to Marathon.

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The Big Bend is named for the vast curve of the Rio Grande in remote southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful natural region, with a complex and fascinating history. Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring and abundant sightseeing opportunities on paved and improved roads. Accommodations run the range from convenient and comfortable to resort luxury.

A few remarkable communities near Big Bend National Park: Marathon, Terlingua and Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, and Lajitas, offer services, amenities, and entertainment. A variety of guided outdoor activities are available. Big Bend is a diverse region with endless possibilities for adventure and discovery.

Brought to you by the Brewster County Tourism Council
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