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Big Bend Nat'l ParkIn the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend is so large it contains its own mountain range, the Chisos.  Tucked in the lower-S of the Rio Grande, it is three-sided by Mexico for 118 miles, with the US only to the north, which may explain why is it the least-visited large park in the continental US – it is not on the way from any place to another.  Here I spend an afternoon down the long Santa Elena Canyon road, which after 35 miles south dead-ends at the border.  The desert southwest colors and landscapes enrich the soul.  [please hover over images for captions]


About Ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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