Panther Junction Visitor Center, Big Bend National Park
The central visitors center for Big Bend National Park, Panther Junction offers self-guided tour maps, rangers who lead interpretive discussions, artifacts and exhibits related to the history of the park, and the Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore. Big Bend is one of the biggest parks in the United States and as a result, there are diverse landscapes and rock formations throughout the river valley and canyons. A variety of hiking trails offer a chance to see many species of birds, mammals, plant-life and reptiles all within 801,168 acres of land.
Backstory and Context
There are many things to do and explore in Big Bend National Park. People can go mountain climbing in the Chisos Mountains, explore the canyons that the Rio Grande has formed over time, bird watching, plant exploring, and animal watching. There is a lot people can explore in the 118 miles that the park inhibits. There is a little store that is still in operation today that has served both American and Mexicans alike it is the La Harmonia Company Store.
The is a hot spring resort close to the park which actually help Big Bend National Park to come about in 1944. J.O. Langford open Hot Springs in 1912 and it is still in operation today. J.O. Langford operated the resort until 1942. There is a building there that is the Hot Spring Store and Post office today. There are many places that you can still see like Glen Spring which was a small town that employed both Mexicans and Anglo-Mexicans but it was destroyed in raid by Mexican rebels.