Big Bend National Park
One of the largest parks in the country, with more than 800,000 acres, Big Bend is also one of the least visited—thanks to, you guessed it, its remote location. Some of its most unexplored square footage lies along 118 miles of the Rio Grande, accessible only by canoe, kayak, or raft. Some 40 back-country campsites are easier to reach but are still pretty darned remote—in fact, you’ll need a high-clearance vehicle and, de-pending on the weather, four-wheel drive. Bring everything you’ll need, including water. Stash the groceries in a bear-proof box, then kick back and enjoy the solitude under the stars. For those of us who love the feeling of being someplace wild and unspoiled, this is heaven.
Big Bend National Park, 432/477-2251; www.nps.gov/bibe.
From the June 2008 issue.