PANTHER JUNCTION VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Panther Junction Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday May 28 and Wednesday May 29 for needed maintenance. Information, backcountry permits, and entrance fee payments can be taken care of at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center.
Bears in the Backcountry
In order for the bear population to thrive, and to keep humans safe, it is vital that visitors do their part to prevent negative encounters between bears and humans.
Bears that eat human food easily become dependent on it. Once bears begin associating humans with food, they seek out humans and their food and become aggressive. Because of the danger represented by an aggressive bear in the park, it may have to be killed. By following the regulations, you can help protect the remarkable Big Bend bears.
Visiting Bear Country
In the Chisos Lodge, cabins, or motel accommodations:
In the Chisos backcountry:
In backcountry roadside campsites and other campgrounds:
Never feed a bear or let a bear get any of your food. Keep the Bears of Big Bend wild and safe!
If You See A Bear
Did You Know?
Air temperature changes by five degrees for every 1,000 feet of elevation you gain or lose; temperatures in the High Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park can be 30 degrees cooler than temperatures along the Rio Grande. More...