BIG BEND, LIFE ON THE EDGE There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in the sublime southwestern sun, and the diversity of species is the best in the country. We’ve dedicated an entire show to one topic; Big Bend National Park. The folks at Big Bend National Park, the National Park Service, and Great Divide Pictures were kind enough to let us share their film with you. Funding for this film was made possible by the Friends of Big Bend National Park and the National Park Service, through gifts from the Amon Carter Foundation, holders of the Big Bend License Plate, the Centennial Fund and other donors. Big Bend National Park www.nps.gov/bibe Friends of Big Bend www.bigbendfriends.org Great Divide Pictures www.greatdividepictures.com
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This young male black bear had been hanging around the parking lot and the restaurant area of the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park on Monday AM ... He actually came back to the window 2 or 3 times. When he started to stand on his hind legs and push on the windows (we could see them buckling) that's when we all decided to stand back and I stopped filming.
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Days 4 and 5 on the CT were my absolute favorites. I mention them together as day 4 was a net positive elevation day where we did lots of climbing to get the big descent reward on day 5, however, day 4 still had lots of amazing descending, as a mater of fact, if you asked me to choose a single favorite spot throughout these days of riding, I would have to choose the top of indian trail ridge on day 4. The day started with some fast flowy up and down terrain until mile 5 where we climbed from 10,800 ft to 11,600 ft in just over 2 miles. After some amazingly fun singletrack it was time to get back with the plan and being another uphill trek from 11,500 ft to 11,900 ft. See, this was our first official regroup spot, and since I had gotten a late start I had resolved not to stop for a single break until I had managed to catch up; I have to admit it was pretty cool to actually do it as I wasn't sure if I could. This was the regroup spot because it was also where things got seriously challenging, the next 4 miles would take just as long as the previous 10 so it was a good . From here on out it was above 12,000 ft and incredibly rocky and loose. Around here I had my only battery mishap throughout the whole trip, the camera shut off and I didn't hear it, I missed some very good 5 minutes of descending, but oh well, there's more good stuff. This next rocky section comming up is Indian Trail Ridge, to me the highlight of the day. I usually trim these clips to make them shorter, but in this case i'm leaving the whole section since I loved the feeling of being on top of everything whith very little around, the crazy exposure made it as close to flying as can be. And this is where things got super interesting going down, despite only losing around 700 ft, the rate at which we were losing them was incomparable to any other section in the trip. This was some of the sketchiest, most exposed terrain I've ridden. And I mean that, the camera kinda downplays how steep the banking was, I feel extremely lucky to have fallen foward and perfectly onto the path. This ended up being my only crash in the whole trip, so I really can't complain, it was just kinda crazy how quickly I went from in control to washout. After that killer descent we let go of the bikes for a while and hiked to the lake, which could be seen from the top of the descent, for a great revival swim. Cold water does wonders after ths much riding. And so we had concluded another awesome day, landing at our campsite nested at an old mining site. Big Bend on Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/ct-big-bend/
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Started at Chisos Mountain Lodge and up the Pinnacle Trail.
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The varied challenges of preserving the remnants of a farm that operated in the Rio Grande floodplain nearly a century ago. From Big Bend National Park's "Inside The Big Bend" video series. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm
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Tired of scrolling through travel forums? Don't want to just travel for work? Want to travel for free? Well almost free... No travel form. Just travel for less! More travel for you! I like to Travel for the arts see a few art pieces here! You don't have to save to travel for 3 months or 6 months. I just want to travel for free and get paid! This could even be a good travel for teens. Drop a comment below to tell me how you travel for cheap! I documented my trip from Dallas to Big Bend National Park. This trip cost me a total of $300 including gas. We started at the Monahans Sandhills and then ended up at the Big Bend National Park. I visit some awesome views at the park and previewed our Air BNB. **I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC**
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Saw this rattlesnake while hiking the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail. He was hanging out in a tree and gave me a huge scare when he started rattling at me. At first I thought he was on the ground, but to my surprise he was in a tree.
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El Paso Fall 2012 Franklin Mountains State Park is a Texas state park in El Paso, Texas in the United States. It is at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,654 m). It is the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits, covering 24,247.56 acres (9,813 ha). Franklin Mountains State Park is open for year-round recreation including hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and scenic driving and vistas. Native Americans and other travellers have used the natural resources in the Franklin Mountains when crossing the gap between the Franklin Mountains and the Juarez Mountains that is now Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande in Mexico and El Paso. Pictograms and mortar pits confirm a human presence in the mountains dating back more than 12,000 years. The Franklin Mountains are most likely named for Benjamin Franklin Coons, who in 1849 purchased a ranch in what is now El Paso. At first known as Coons Ranch, by 1851 the settlement took on Coons' middle name and was called Franklin. Despite the town being officially named El Paso in 1852, the locals continued to call it Franklin throughout the 1850s. The El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company operated a tin mine on the northeast slope of North Franklin Mountain from 1909-1915. While the mine had the distinction of being the only tin mine ever located in the U.S., it was an economic failure. Efforts to grant protected status to the Franklin Mountains began as early as 1925. A real estate developer sought to build housing on the mountains and in 1979 he built a road up into them. A local organization known as the Wilderness Park Coalition was to convince the Texas Legislature to protect the mountains in 1979. Despite this success the legislature, in the same bill, prohibited funding for the development, operation and maintenance of the park. The property was formally acquired in 1981. Changes to the legislation were made in 1985 when a plan for park development was established and the park was opened to the public in 1987. The Franklin Mountains are 23 miles (37 km) long and 3 miles (4.8 km) wide) and stretch from El Paso into New Mexico. The Franklins were formed due to crustal extension related to the Cenozoic Rio Grande rift. Although the present topography of the range and adjoining basins is controlled by extension during rifting in the last 10 million years, faults within the range also record deformation during the Laramide orogeny, between 85 and 45 million years ago. The mountains are the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. The Precambrian rocks atop North Franklin Mountain are "the highest geological structure in the state of Texas." The highest peak is North Franklin Mountain at 7,192 feet (2,192 m). North Franklin Peak can be accessed via a trail located east of Mundy's Gap. The mountains are composed primarily of sedimentary rock with some igneous intrusions. Geologists refer to them as tilted-block fault mountains and in them can be found billion-year-old Precambrian rocks, the oldest in Texas. Franklin Mountains State Park is open for year-round recreation. Development of the park is limited and much of the land is far from paved access roads and parking areas. Two hiking trails can be accessed from Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive. Plans for a network of 100 miles (160 km) of hiking trails are under consideration. Rock climbing is permitted in the park and well established climbing areas are located in McKelligon Canyon The park headquarters is also located in McKelligon Canyon. Five camping areas are found in the Tom Mays Unit of the park with picnic facilities.
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This is an audio version of the Wikipedia Article: Big Bend National Park 00:01:51 1 Geography and climate 00:03:36 2 Geology 00:05:52 3 Cultural resources 00:07:01 4 Human history 00:12:19 5 Flora and fauna 00:14:53 6 Tourism 00:17:57 7 Certified dark-sky park 00:18:36 8 Gallery Listening is a more natural way of learning, when compared to reading. Written language only began at around 3200 BC, but spoken language has existed long ago. Learning by listening is a great way to: - increases imagination and understanding - improves your listening skills - improves your own spoken accent - learn while on the move - reduce eye strain Now learn the vast amount of general knowledge available on Wikipedia through audio (audio article). You could even learn subconsciously by playing the audio while you are sleeping! If you are planning to listen a lot, you could try using a bone conduction headphone, or a standard speaker instead of an earphone. You can find other Wikipedia audio articles too at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuKfABj2eGyjH3ntPxp4YeQ You can upload your own Wikipedia articles through: https://github.com/nodef/wikipedia-tts "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates SUMMARY ======= For the Texas State Park see Big Bend Ranch State Park. Big Bend National Park is an American national park located in West Texas, bordering Mexico. The park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. The park protects more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.Geological features in the park include sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as volcanic dikes. The area has a rich cultural history, from archeological sites dating back nearly 10,000 years to more recent pioneers, ranchers, and miners.The park encompasses an area of 801,163 acres (1,251.8 sq mi; 3,242.2 km2). For more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km), the Rio Grande/Río Bravo forms the boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles (190 km) along that boundary. The park was named after a large bend in the river, and the Texas—Mexico border.Because the Rio Grande serves as an international boundary, the park faces unusual constraints while administering and enforcing park rules, regulations, and policies. In accordance with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the park's territory extends only to the center of the deepest river channel as the river flowed in 1848. The rest of the land south of that channel, and the river, lies within Mexican territory. The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Cañon de Santa Elena and Maderas del Carmen in Mexico.
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