• 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.

People

The Koch family camping in the Chisos Basin, 1945
The Koch family camping in the Chisos Basin, 1945.
NPS Historic Photograph Collection
 
The People of Big Bend

This place changes the people who experience it. The modern history of Big Bend if full of numerous characters and individuals who lived, struggled, and thrived in the unique environment of this region.

Here you'll find some of Big Bend's best characters: ranchers, residents, organizations, advocates, and park rangers.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

When formally established in 1944, Big Bend was the 27th national park in the United States, and the first in Texas. Today, Big Bend is one of thirteen units of the national park system in Texas. More...