Big Bend National Park

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Big Bend National Park is part of the Tentative list of United States of America in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Big Bend National Park lies along the Rio Grande River at the southern border of the United States with Mexico, and contains the largest protected section of the Chihuahuan desert in the United States. The elevation changes in the park allow for ecosystems ranging from dry grasslands and desert landscapes to wetter montane woodlands, which support rare and endangered flora and fauna, including Mexican long-nosed bats and the Chisos agave. Big Bend National Park contains a rich fossil record from the Cretaceous period through the Cenozoic era, and the fossil of the largest known flying creature of all time, the Quetzalcoatlus pterosaur, was identified in the park in 1971.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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United States - 18-Sep-22 -

As far as US national parks goes, Big Bend is in our top third favorites. It’s big and has a lot of different things. Tall peaks, water activities, dinosaur fossils and hot springs. 

Unfortunately the border into was closed was closed but the crossing and ability to explore another country would be a very cool thing. 

Having a 4x4 would really open up this place. 


USA - 08-Jan-20 -

Absolutely stunning. If you want off the beaten path, this is it. I visited back in 2013 and absolutely loved it. All of the space and solitude you hope for in the desert environment and more. The hiking is fantastic and even if you visit by car, every few miles yields another new surprise.

Full Name
Big Bend National Park
United States of America
Natural landscape - Diverse ecosystems Paleontology - Non-hominid fossils
2017 Revision

Renomination of former TWHS Big Bend National Park (1990-1996)

2017 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Big Bend National Park

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WHS 1997-2023