• 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.

Doing Business With The Park

Motorcycle Rally
Motorcycle Rally
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 

Special Use Permits
A special use permit (SUP) is required for activities within National Parks that benefit an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large. This is to protect the park resources and public interests, as well as reduce the potential for conflict between your group and park guests.

Such activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Weddings and commitment ceremonies
  • Memorials and the spreading of remains
  • Sporting events
  • Cycling clubs activities, automobile and motorcycle rallies
  • Worship services
  • Trips organized by scouting groups, churches, academic institutions, or other non-profit organizations
  • Groups of 40 or more hiking in the Chisos Mountains

Application Form

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. A non-refundable administrative application fee of $25.00 (check or money order only) may be charged, depending on the activity.

For questions concerning SUPs, please call 432-477-1108 or email.
 
Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial Use Authorization permits are required of all operators who provide any goods, activities, agreements, or other services to the general public which take place, at least in part, in the park, uses park resources and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation. (This also applies to non-profit and educational groups, if taxable income is derived).
 
Commercial Filming Permits
Commercial filming and still photography require a film permit.

Did You Know?

Persimmon Gap, viewed from the south

In 1935, Conrad Wirth, later the director of the National Park Service, said this of Persimmon Gap in Big Bend National Park, “There will probably always be a road from Marathon through . . . Persimmon Gap, which is a very fine and natural gateway to the Park.”