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Big Bend Country, Texas

Big Bend National Park: Solitude as far as the eye can see     Photo: courtesy, Texas Tourism

Big Bend Country, Texas
If you really want to get away from it all—or escape the law—800,000–acre Big Bend National Park and its relatively diminutive 300,000–acre neighbor, Big Bend Ranch State Park, are the places to go. No trip to the bigger Big Bend would be complete without hiking the iconic South Rim Trail, in the Chisos Mountains. At points along this 14–mile hike, which climbs 1,600 feet, you'll swear you can see clear across Mexico. If you're a biker, head 17 miles west, to the state park, which features 200 miles of single– and doubletrack winding through old abandoned ranch trails. Make Terlingua, the 300–person former ghost town located between the two parks, your base camp. Desert Sports offers guided rafting trips in either park, and also rents bikes (desertsportstx.com). Crash at La Posada Milagro, a comfortable four–room inn overlooking Terlingua's ruins (doubles, $185; laposadamilagro.com).

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