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.
From Big Bend's past, these documents provide a glimpse into the by-gone days of the park. These historical publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. All require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
The Big Bend National Park Project, 1940
Official Park Brochure, 1944
The Backcountry, 1953
Lost Mine Trail Guide, 1956
Visitor Information, 1957
Living in Big Bend, 1958
Did You Know?
Russell E. Dickenson, eleventh Director of the National Park Service (May, 1980-March, 1985) served as Chief Ranger at Big Bend National Park in 1955-56. He later recalled that "Big Bend was a compression of ten years of experience into one." More...