• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • Extreme Water Shortage

    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

For Kids

Children explore Big Bend on a guided hike
Children explore Big Bend on a ranger-guided hike.
NPS/Eric Leonard

Explore Big Bend!
Big Bend National Park offers many opportunities for children. This unique desert region provides opportunities for exploration. To make the most of your visit, complete a junior ranger activity booklet to earn a badge or patch!

Discover Big Bend
There are many online resources for learning about Big Bend National Park and the National Park Service. If you are writing a school report, or just want to learn more about your parks, visit the History & Culture, Nature & Science, and Plan Your Visit sections of this website.

Did You Know?

Fur trading at Johnson's Ranch

The frontier economy of Big Bend relied heavily on fur trading. Furs included, fox, bobcat, coyote, skunk, and ringtail, but there were also a few beaver, javelina, and panther pelts, and some goat and deer hides. The price of pelts varied, but normally was from 40¢ to $1.00 each. More...