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.
Historic Research/Resource Reports
These reports cover various aspects of the Big Bend's cultural resources, or were instrumental in influencing park management. All of these publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. All require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Longhorns of the Big Bend (1962)
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande: A Guide to the Rocks, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park (1968)
Hot Springs Historic Structures Report (1968)
Soldiers, Ranchers and Miners in the Big Bend (1968)
The Impact of Human Use Upon the Chisos Basin and Adjacent Lands (1974)
The Mather-Albright Years: National Parks Come to America (1980)
Ecology of the Carmen Mountains White-Tailed Deer Longhorns of the Big Bend (1981)
Presidios of the Big Bend Area (1990)
Landscape of Ghosts, River of Dreams: An Administrative History of Big Bend National Park (2002)
Did You Know?
Local legend Hallie Stillwell once said,“Cooper’s Store was the clearing house for information; travelers always stopped to find out what had happened ahead of them.” The old store building retains this role today as the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center at the north entrance to Big Bend National Park. More...