Locations featured in the 2022 calendar include:
• Winter storm clouds loom over Cerro Castellan and Mule Ears Peaks.
• Pulliam Bluff rises above Green Gulch along the Chisos Basin Road.
• Scarlet Guara is one of the numerous spring wildflowers that are possible in the park after a wet autumn and winter.
• Blind prickly pear cactus grows on a bluff overlooking the Daniels Ranch at Rio Grande Village. Mexico is across the Rio Grande in the distance.
• Ernst Tinaja can be found off Old Ore Road. The year-round pools of water provide much needed water for wildlife in the desert.
• Boquillas Canyon near Rio Grande Village is a deep canyon carved by the Rio Grande. United States is on the left and Mexico is on the right.
• Rainbows follow the summer rains. The rains bring lush blooms throughout the park.
• The Chisos Basin Road leads to Casa Grande in the distance.
• Sunset light on the Sierra Del Carmen range in Mexico from Rio Grande Village.
• Oaks in the high Chisos Mountains are one of the first trees to change color in autumn.
• Cottonwoods at Rio Grande Village shine in the autumn light with the Sierra Del Camens in the background.
• Sunrise through The Window View can be just as spectacular as the sunset view.
About Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in West Texas. The park protects the largest segment of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in America. The park is host to more than 75 mammal species, 56 types of reptile, 450 different bird species, and more than 1,200 plant species. The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo streams along the southern edge of the park and a large bend in the river provided the park’s name.
Nomadic hunter-gatherers lived in the area of the park for thousands of years, eventually establishing groups we know as the Chisos, Mescaleros and Comanche tribes. The first efforts to survey the desert followed at the end of Mexican-American War in 1848. The U.S. Army established forts and outposts across Trans-Pecos to protect migrating settlers from Indian attacks. Ranchers began settling in Big Bend in the 1880s. The discovery of mineral deposits brought mining and additional settlement to Big Bend.
In the 1930s farming and mining were in decline, but Texans wanted to preserve the land and the state legislature established Texas Canyons State Park there in 1933. The State of Texas deeded the state park land to the federal government and Big Bend National Park was established in June of 1944.
Big Bend remains one of America’s largest and most remote national parks. Still, its unique landscape attracts thousands of hikers and backpackers every year. The park also provides recreational access to the Rio Grande through river outfitters that provide river tours and float trips.
In addition to exploring the landscape, along with the park’s flora and fauna, Big Bend is an ideal place to explore the night sky. The park was designated an international dark-sky park in 2012 by the International Dark-Sky Association. Studies by the National Park Service show that Big Bend has the darkest skies in the contiguous United States. On a clear, dark night Big Bend invites you to see into the universe.