Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Photo © Steven Prorak/123rf.

Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails ranging from short, easy nature walks and day hikes to primitive mountain trails for experienced hikers and overnight backpackers. There’s truly something for everyone here—families can take their time on moderate trails with printed interpretive brochures as a guide, while hard-core backpackers have the option of taking backcountry trails into the desolate wilderness for challenging treks at their own pace.

Big Bend, Texas. Photo 123rf.

The Rugged Beauty of Big Bend National Park

The colossal Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres of spectacular canyons, mesmerizing Chihuahuan Desert, awe-inspiring Chisos Mountains, and unexpectedly temperate woodlands. Soak up the natural beauty through your own eyes, play some appropriate West Texas soundtrack music (Willie Nelson complements the scenery quite nicely) and marvel at the jagged peaks, desert cacti, and sweeping vistas.

Moon Texas

As a longtime Austin resident and writer for the Texas Historical Commission, Andy Rhodes knows the best ways to experience the Lone Star State. In keeping with the “everything is bigger in Texas” motif the state is famous for, Rhodes covers a colossal amount of sights and activities, including catching up-and-coming indie bands at Austin’s […]

Palo Duro canyon in Texas.

Texas’s Overlooked Natural Wonders

Once you get outside the hustle and bustle of Texas’s many major cities, there’s an enormous canvas of natural wonders to explore, from forests and canyons to tropics and mountains.

Jesse Dayton singing on stage with an electric guitar and the continental club sign behind him.

The Best Venues for Live Music in Houston

One of the many benefits of being a music fan in a big city is access to quality venues. From jazz to blues, country and western to rock and roll, Houston has a range of live music offerings to keep you entertained. Author Andy Rhodes shares some of the best spots in the city.

View of the Houston skyline with the Buffalo Bayou greenbelt in the foreground.

Houston’s Best for Business Travelers

For those visiting Houston on business, travel expert Andy Rhodes shares five mini-itineraries to help visitors make the most of the Bayou City beyond convention centers and hotel rooms.

A barn in the middle of a grassy field with its slant roof painted with the Texas Flag.

Texas Slang and Twang: How to Talk Like a Texan

With a primer that covers everything from the usage of “howdy, ya’ll” to which meal “supper” refers to in the Lone Star State, author and local Andy Rhodes will have you talking like a proper Texan. Read on for information about pronunciation, accents, traditional rural sayings, and more.

Along the borders of Lake Charles.

Two Quick Getaways Outside Houston

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the country’s fourth-largest city? Take a quick jaunt to Brenham or head across state lines to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read on for more about these popular getaway destinations.

Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast

Texas resident Andy Rhodes knows the best ways to experience Space City and the surrounding areas, from catching a performance at The Orange Show Monument to hiking through one of the Piney Woods National Forests. Rhodes includes unique trip ideas like Texas Family Road Trip and Houston’s Huge History, as well as information on dining, […]