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.
Plan A Field Trip
Self Guided Field Trips
The dynamic Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem of the Big Bend provides the perfect outdoor classroom for field studies. Schools, youth organizations, clubs and social groups can all enjoy field trips to Big Bend. Self-guided field trips are the easiest way for your group to experience Big Bend—no ranger required! There are a number of locations in Big Bend National Park where an adult can safely guide their own field trip. Don't forget that educational groups can apply for a entrance fee waiver. Entrance to the park is free for groups from a formal accredited educational institution.
Self Guided Field Trip Options
Did You Know?
In twelve years (1930-1942) preceding the establishment of Big Bend National Park, at the request of ranchers, an area game warden and a pilot trapped, shot, or poisoned 2,500 golden eagles. Today, the golden eagle, while a year-round resident, is rarely seen in the park. More...