• 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.

Mammals

Gray Fox
Gray Fox
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
There are 75 species of mammals inhabiting the deserts and mountains of Big Bend National Park. Living in an area with high temperatures and low rainfall forces many animals to live extremely cautious lifestyles. Many leave their burrows only under cover of night. Others may forage during the cool early morning. Larger mammals include whitetail and mule deer, coyote, mountain lion, and black bear. The snuffling you hear around your campsite at night may be a gray fox or a javelina. Bats make up the largest portion of the park's mammal species; 20 species have been observed here, including the endangered Mexican long-nosed bat, which is found nowhere else in the United States.

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...