Craggy canyons tower over the mighty Rio Grande in west Texas, separating the United States from Mexico. The Big Bend area of Texas offers a blissful coexistence of mountain terrain and desert plains. Entire mesas covered with branchy ocotillo plants and blooming yucca reach sky high. More than a national park and state park, Big Bend is a region and a way of life. With only a few days, I sampled the area heartily, from the outdoor recreation and diverse topography, to the local eateries and unique accommodations. Here’s a three-day itinerary featuring some of the best things to do in Big Bend, Texas.