• 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?

Size comparison between pterosaur and a modern automobile

The second largest flying animal ever documented on the planet was found in Big Bend National Park. Fossilized remains of the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi, with a wingspan of 35 feet, were first found in the park in 1971. More...