Category: big bend

Meep meep! Just like in the cartoons, roadrunners love to run and can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They can fly for short distances but prefer to remain on the ground where they hunt for prey. Cute in a goofy kind of way, roadrunners are very fierce predators. They will eat pretty much anything they can catch, including mice, lizards, scorpions, rattlesnakes and other birds. This one at Big Bend National Park in Texas grabbed this snake snack to present to a potential mate. How romantic! Photo by Lee Jaszlics (

Today Big Bend National Park turns 75 years old! This rugged Texas treasure was established as a park in 1944. From the riverbed of the Rio Grande River to the heights of the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend offers visitors a chance to explore massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains and an ever-changing river. While Big Bend is famous for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. It has been home to people for many centuries, long before it became a national park. Pictographs and archeological sites give clues to the history of this amazing place. Photo courtesy of Aaron Bates