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.
Exotic Animal Management Plan
The National Park Service is developing an Exotic Animal Management Plan to guide protection of park resources from the impacts of non-native wildlife at Big Bend.
Federal regulation, Executive Orders and NPS Policies require National Parks to prevent impacts by exotic species to natural and cultural resources.
NPS Policies direct that exotic species…"will be managed – up to and including eradication – if control is prudent and feasible and the exotic species interferes with natural processes and the perpetuation of natural features, native species or natural habitats.”
This planning process includes production of an environmental assessment that analyzes exotic animal management alternatives for their environmental and other effects.
Input from the public and other interested parties is critical to determining the appropriate course of action. We invite you to read the material relating to the plan, attend a public scoping meeting, contact park staff with questions, and submit your comments.
Did You Know?
Prior to the 1940s, Santa Elena Canyon was known locally as "the Grand Canyon of the Rio Grande." The National Park Service changed the name of the canyon to lessen the chance that visitors would compare it unfavorably with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.