Our region is the oldest continuously cultivated area in the United States. Farmers have lived at this important confluence of two great Texas rivers, Rio Grande and Rio Concho, since 1500 B.C. Our city and area are rich in cultural history, and vistas in the Big Bend region are simply awesome. With a population of about 4,000 people, Presidio is the gateway to Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park via FM 170, one of the top 10 scenic highways in North America according to National Geographic. Big Bend Ranch State Park is a must-see for southwest travelers. The New York Times called it “the other Big Bend,” and Texas Monthly said it’s “more of a ranch than a park” and it’s “the best wilderness experience that Texas has to offer.”
Presidio, the oldest town in the United States, is also home of the first recorded Christmas celebration in the U.S. in 1683. Other features nearby that attract visitors to Presidio include dark skies, ghost towns, Texas longhorns, Presidio Arts Festival each March, Fort Leaton pioneer trading post, and the popular Big Bend bluebonnet season each February, March and April. Presidio is a popular stop for motorcyclists year-round. Our visitors’ kiosk offers free wi-fi service in addition to information about Presidio and the region.
Travelers to this prime international border crossing of the Big Bend area will find an international bridge from Presidio to Ojinaga, the seat of municipality for the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico. A market community for the rural area, Ojinaga has a population of about 28,000 people. Travelers are attracted to the market, trade and shopping opportunities on both sides of the river.