• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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.

Stories

members of the International Park Commission pose in volcanic badlands near Castolon, 1936.
Members of the International Park Commission pose in volcanic badlands near Castolon, 1936.
NPS Historic Photograph Collection
 
Big Bend, with its long and rich cultural history, is home to many stories, tales and legends. While almost all the stories told contain some degree of truth and authenticity many of the tales and legends from the region are probability more fiction then fact.

Human history in this harsh desert environment is a complex blend of cultures, boundaries, and the limits of economic and personal adventures.

Did You Know?

Chisos Mountains seen from the presidio ruins

According to legend, those who search for the Lost Mine in Big Bend National Park, must stand in the chapel doorway of the old Presidio de San Vicente on Easter morning and look toward the Chisos Mountains. The spot where the sun's rays first light the peaks is the hidden doorway to the lost mine. More...