Greater Big Bend

Sister parks and ecological regions
The Greater Big Bend is a collection of protected areas in the Southwest U.S. and northern Mexico located within the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region.  Protected areas are managed by state and federal government agencies in Mexico and the United States and by non-profit organizations protecting natural areas through conservation easements.  Private landowners are important stakeholders who voluntarily help to protect the Chihuahuan Desert of the Greater Big Bend.  Funding that supports conservation efforts comes largely from taxpayers and recreational users in both countries making the number of people supporting the Greater Big Bend directly or indirectly over 441 million.

The following list of protected areas of the Great Big Bend Region of the Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwest US and northern Mexico is a work in progress.   Please send missing areas and website links to   Links will be added to this page in the near future.

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Wild and Scenic River
Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area
Black Gap Wildlife Management Area
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Castner Range National Monument (proposed)
Chamizal National Monument
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Nature Center
Davis Mountains Preserve
Davis Mountains State Park
Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Franklin Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Park
Jornada Experimental Range
Lincoln National Forest
Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument
Rio Grande Wetlands Park
Resler Canyon
Thunder Canyon
White Sands National Monument

Monumento Río Bravo del Norte in México
Maderas del Carmen Protected Area, Coahuila
Ocampo Natural Protected Area, Coahuila
Cañón de Santa Elena Protected Area, Chihuahua

If you are interested in being a part of the core or extended Greater Big Bend Coalition steering committee contact Rick LoBello at


Texas Regions Map, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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