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Solo Hiker, Big Bend National Park

by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker on Flickr (cc). Big Bend has more than 1200 species of plants including 60 cactus species, over 600 species of vertebrates, and about 3600 insect species. The variety of life is largely due to the diverse ecology and changes in elevation between the dry, hot desert, the cool mountains, and the fertile river valley.