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Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The park is massive. You need several days to see it all. Great hiking, river trips, food and more.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The Cottonwood Grocery Store has just about everything you could possibly need during your stay.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just a mile away, this place serves great Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer avail. Wifi”
  • 8 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“My husband & co-host guides for BBRT. They offer half & full day river tours depending on the water levels & time of year. You can request Jared - even if he's not available, you won't regret it!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best BBQ in west Texas! Open for lunch and early dinner. Food truck. BYOB. Small outdoor/covered dining area. Seasonal hours, usually Wed-Sat., everyday during busy times. Great brisket. Get the rotisserie chicken, only avail on Wednesdays, I believe.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Jeep rentals/ tours/river trips, etc. Nice souvenir/gift shop with good T-shirts, hiking gear, sun hats, shoes, stickers, etc. Also, a nice coffee shop on site open early, closes at 11 a.m.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Large selection of goodies, you know what they sell! Texas Liquor Law hours 10-9 M-Sat. Closed Sundays. Lotto”
  • 3 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Coin operated hot showers located on the backside of the Motor Inn. $2 for 6 minutes. The front desk will provide coins.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Bad Rabbit is the cafe back in the Terlingua Ranch Lodge. This option is closer to the Big Bend Glamping property if you're not wanting to drive into Terlingua. They've got good food, good wifi and good vibes. The Lodge also has a pool, nice bathrooms and showers that you can have access to as well.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Guided horseback rides: hourly, half or full day, or multiple day rides available in a number of riding locations”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Closest Restaurant to our property. Great food, and Sweet owners. They are not always open, check for seasonal hours. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Lost Mine Trail is another good hike in the Chisos Mountains. It is about half as long as the Emory Peak trail, so it can be a better option for all experience and fitness levels. Great views at the top. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Hotel
“Only fuel in Study Butte/Terlingua area! Convenience store, restaurant, gift shop & laundromat. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Open 11-3:30 and 6-9, closed Sunday. no alcohol. Good Mexican food and burgers.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“The entrance and information center for the BB State Park. Books, t-shirts and more.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Just a mile away, this place serves great Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer avail. Wifi”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best BBQ in west Texas! Open for lunch and early dinner. Food truck. BYOB. Small outdoor/covered dining area. Seasonal hours, usually Wed-Sat., everyday during busy times. Great brisket. Get the rotisserie chicken, only avail on Wednesdays, I believe.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Coin operated hot showers located on the backside of the Motor Inn. $2 for 6 minutes. The front desk will provide coins.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Bad Rabbit is the cafe back in the Terlingua Ranch Lodge. This option is closer to the Big Bend Glamping property if you're not wanting to drive into Terlingua. They've got good food, good wifi and good vibes. The Lodge also has a pool, nice bathrooms and showers that you can have access to as well.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Closest Restaurant to our property. Great food, and Sweet owners. They are not always open, check for seasonal hours. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Open 11-3:30 and 6-9, closed Sunday. no alcohol. Good Mexican food and burgers.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good restaurant in the national park up in the "Basin". This place has a patio that overlooks the famous "Window" view. Great for sunset. The drive up is gorgeous and vastly different than the desert. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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