To outsiders, West Texas has a reputation for containing a whole lot of nothing, but if you travel the right places, there’s a ton to see out in that expanse. Big Bend National Park is contained in the southerly bump at roughly the midpoint in Texas’ border with Mexico. The mountainous desert park contains campgrounds from which to stage day hikes or exploratory rides. Adventure touring bikes would be the mount of choice here, but I spent a few days with a heavily laden Harley and didn’t get myself into any trouble I couldn’t get myself out of on dirt roads. Although there are no bad roads leading to Big Bend, it would be a crime not to spend some time on Texas Highway 170 as it hugs the Rio Grande river to the northwest of the park.