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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Big Bend National Park
Plan a visit to the largest and oldest protected area in the region.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Take a camel ride or bring your own horse on a trip to this Texas park.

Black Gap Wildlife Management Area
Tour Black Gap and see javelinas, black bears, peregrine falcons, and more in their natural habitat.

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
Let the river move you through scenic twists on a float trip down the Rio Grande.

Cañón de Santa Elena Flora and Fauna Protection Area (in Spanish only)
Read about the history and landscape of this protection area in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Maderas del Carmen Flora and Fauna Protection Area (in Spanish only)
Created the same day as its sibling tract Cañón de Santa Elena, this protection area is in the state of Coahuila.


Alloway, David. Desert Survival Skills. University of Texas Press, 2000.

Mittermeier, R. A., and others. Transboundary Conservation: A New Vision for Protected Areas. Cemex—Agrupacion Sierra Madre—Conservation International, 2005.

Parent, Laurence, and Joe Nick Patoski. Texas Mountains. University of Texas Press, 2001.

West, Steve. Northern Chihuahuan Desert Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers and Other Plants of the Desert and Its Parklands. Falcon Publishing, 2000.

NGS Resources

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks: Southwest. National Geographic Books, 2005.

Pollard, Caroline. Big Bend Adventure. National Geographic Books, 2004.

Gorman, Jim, and Michael Benoist. "Wild in the Parks." National Geographic Adventure (May 2003), 82-88, 91-96.

Brower, Kenneth, Jeff Rennicke, and Carrie Miller. "Big Bend." National Geographic Traveler (November/December 1999), 106-15.

Brower, Kenneth, and others. National Geographic's Last Wild Places. National Geographic Books, 1996.

Rennicke, Jeff. "Rafting the Rio." National Geographic Traveler (March/April 1995), 106-15.

Abbey, Edward. "Big Bend: Desert Rough and Tumble." National Geographic Traveler (Autumn 1985), 94-107.

Kenney, Nathaniel T. "Big Bend: Jewel in the Texas Desert." National Geographic (January 1968), 104-33.