Try Big Bend Ranch State Park, where efforts are afoot to get more visitors to stop by.
It’s all part of a larger effort to make this sprawling but largely unused West Texas park more accessible to the public without taming its wild character.
“That’s the real dilemma. It’s really the only opportunity we have in Texas to operate a wilderness park, and there’s pressure to open it up,” said Ted Hollingsworth, another Parks and Wildlife official. “It’s a balance, but not everyone sees the balance in the same place.”
Two decades after the state acquired the Big Bend property for $8.8 million from oilman Robert Anderson, its overseers at Texas Parks & Wildlife still seek that elusive balance.
I’m thinking a few days of hiking there would make the superiority of letting a horse do the walking pretty apparent.