06/21/2010 01:40 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

U.S.-Mexico Peace Park In The Works

The U.S. and Mexico are moving forward with plans to construct a peace park along our shared border. An agreement was signed last month to protect the wildness on both sides of the border near Big Bend National Park, according to

Little heard of, Big Bend, a 1,250 square mile park in West Texas, was created in 1944 and draws roughly 300,000 visitors per year (a far cry from the 5 million the Grand Canyon attracts). The Park sits along the Rio Grande River (great for rafting) and has several species of wildlife like mountain lions, black bears, and golden eagles, among others.

The Mexican side of the park, however, needs some work: rugged terrain and hardly visited, Mexican officials aim to change that rep and make the park a protected wildlife refuge.

No completion date has been set yet.