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The Big Bend Of Rio Grande

Twisting and turning down the North American continent for 2,000 miles, the Rio Grande is more than a long and winding river.
It serves as the international border between the United States and Mexico for more than 1,000 miles and about one-quarter of that border is within Big Bend National Park. The term “big bend” refers to a place where the river switches from flowing in a southeastern direction to a northeastern direction.

The park spreads out over more than 800,000 acres and is home to many mammals, plants and reptiles. Its hiking trail system is more than 150 miles long, and the water is ideal for canoeing. Motorcyclists enjoy the park’s winding highways. ‘The Big Bend Ride for Trails’ is held every October to support the park’s upkeep.

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