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.
Grassland Restoration at Big Bend
Big Bend National Park is an exceptional example of the Chihuahuan desert in the United States. While many visitors think of the parklands as pristine and untrammeled, in fact they have been significantly impacted by climatic factors and human activity over the last 150 years. The National Park Service has taken steps to assist in the natural recovery of native desert grasslands. By taking measures to control soil erosion, it is hoped that these areas may one day recover.
To understand how the park is restoring the grasslands, see this article, including images, by Park Ranger C. Rinas. [1 MB PDF File]
Did You Know?
Rising to nearly 8,000 feet, the Chisos Mountains are like an island in the desert. The cooler, forested habitat of the mountains is home to Arizona cypress, quaking aspen, Carmen mountains whitetail deer, and the Colima warbler.