• 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.

Laws & Policies

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NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
 

Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks.Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service. Big Bend legislation is listed in the enabling legislation of the park.

There are a variety of documents that guide the management of Big Bend National Park. Many documents, like the National Environmental Policy Act, articulate legal requirements that federal entities must adhere to. Other documents, like the park's General Management Plan and Superintendent's Compendium, are formal documents that create a "contract" between Big Bend National Park and the public. Still others, like Director's and Superintendent Orders, direct how Big Bend and other national park units will operate.
 

Park Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations and the Superintendent's Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.

Did You Know?

Ruins of the Mariscal Mine

About the beginning of the twentieth century, D. E. Lindsey operated a small quicksilver prospect on the northern end of Mariscal Mountain in Big Bend National Park. On old maps, the location is shown as the Lindsey mine, but it is more commonly known as the Mariscal mine. More...