Big Bend Ranch Park Set to Grow

PRESIDIO, Texas (AP) - State parks officials have completed a deal to acquire about 7,000 acres of land inside the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy of Texas announced Tuesday.

The Nature Conservancy of Texas says it's bought the former Frenso Ranch property for about $2.6 million. State officials say they land is expected to be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The 11-section tract had blocked parts of the park wilderness in the park from public access, The massive land buy will give park visitors access to all of Fresno Canyon and give the park about 8.5 miles of contiguous river front along the Rio Grande.

The park stretches across two border counties in West Texas. It has about 300,000 acres and spans along about 23 miles of the Rio Grande from Presidio east to just west of Lajitas.