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.
Monitoring Air Quality
Parks and the Clean Air Act
By enacting clean air legislation, Congress expressed the national desire to preserve the scenic values we have come to expect in our national parks.
In spite of Big Bend’s remote location and presumed immunity to such urban problems as air pollution, noticeable changes in the park’s air quality appeared during the 1970s. In response to this impending threat, park managers began an air monitoring program in 1978. After years of data collection and analysis, researchers are now able to interpret the transport and transformation of pollutants that contribute to the park’s reduced visibility.
Did You Know?
A reporter who accompanied a 1916 military expedition into Big Bend region of Texas described the area in the following terms, "The country isn't bad. It's just worse. Worse the moment you set foot from the train, and then, after that, just worser and worser." More...