Big Bend National Park, Texas
A view of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas, 1995. Big Bend National Park is famous for its geology, varied habitats and species diversity—including more types of birds, bats and cacti than any other U.S. national park.
Smithsonian connection: Emory Peak in Big Bend National Park is one of the northernmost roosts of the endangered Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis). Smithsonian mammologists provided information essential for conserving and managing these bat populations.
Photo by Stan Jorstad