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
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.
Did You Know?
Swamps covered the area of Big Bend National Park when it emerged from the sea 70 million years ago. Fossils from the muds and clays of these swamps tell about the last days of the dinosaurs.