• 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.

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Cenizo, Prickly Pear, and Ocotillo
Cenizo, Prickly Pear, and Ocotillo
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
In the early 1930's the state of Texas recognized the value of the scenic beauty in the canyons of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande—Santa Elena, Mariscal, and Boquillas. In June of 1944, when Congress established Big Bend as a National Park, it was not only the canyons that made an impression, but the diversity in biological species and incredible geologic forces left open for examination that swayed the Congress to include Big Bend with other National Parks for the people to enjoy.

Did You Know?

View from the tunnel

The tunnel two miles north of Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park was built in 1959 to reroute traffic away from a stretch of road known as "Dead Man Curve." This was the first highway tunnel built in the state of Texas. More...