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Big Bend Park’s Border Crossing Reopens

April 23, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The border crossing in Big Bend National Park near Rio Grande Village has been reopened.

More than a decade after it was closed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Port of Boquillas border crossing at Big Bend National Park in Texas is back in business, National Parks Traveler reported.

The crossing there across the Rio Grande River long was used by residents of Boquillas, Mexico, who would come to the park to trade handmade goods with visitors at Rio Grande Village and to buy food. It also offered park visitors a place to safely cross into Mexico.

When the crossing was closed in May 2002 by the Department of Homeland Security, it impacted this mixing of cultures in the park, as the nearest Port of Entry was more than 100 miles away.

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