Photographing Punta de la Sierra in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park contains some of the most beautiful and pristine mountain peaks in all of Texas. Punta de la Sierra is the southern most range less than twenty miles from the Rio Grande river. The best views of this gorgeous range can be found only from the River Road, a 51 mile, two-track, dirt road which traverses the southern portion of the Big Bend.

Trucking Along

This unimproved road (two track for 4 x 4 vehicles) generally follows the Rio Grande, but runs quite a ways north of the river, especially in the middle section. Due to the length and usually rough condition of the road, you should really allow a full day to drive from end to end. The west end of the road is less traveled and in much rougher condition. It crosses numerous washes and dry streams before winding its way to Castolon and the Santa Elena Canyon. After a West Texas downpour, this stretch of the River Road is often impassable even with a high clearance four wheel drive truck.

South Rim of the Chisos Mountains

Punta de la Sierra – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 82mm, f/16 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

GPS Coordinates: 29°3’13” N 103°21’1″ W, 2185 ft


5 thoughts on “Photographing Punta de la Sierra in Big Bend National Park

  1. I like your new title for the blog, along with your marvelous pics of course. This may sound like a silly question, but how did you go about changing the name without losing your followers?



  2. Jeff,

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now. I am not a native Texan but moved here as soon as I could. Your photographs are inspiring. I love the Fort Davis and Big Bend areas a lot and have traveled/photographed in that area for several years. I never tire of the beauty in that part of Texas.

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