• 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.

Rivers and Streams

River View
River View
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
An abrupt change in the course of the Rio Grande has given this part of Far West Texas its name, the Big Bend. The Rio Grande has for many thousands of years shaped the landscape of this area and provided water along a narrow corridor of the Chihuahuan desert. The Rio and its tributaries have and continue to provide vital water for plants and animals plus for over 10,000 years, humans have taken advantage of what the Rio Grande offers.

Did You Know?

Johnson's Ranch and airfield

The Johnson store and home at Johnson's Ranch was the largest adobe structure in the Big Bend in the late 1930's. It was from this building that Elmo Johnson ran his sucessful trading company and managed the Army Air Corps landing field on his property. More...