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.
Motorcycle Equipment and Operation
Any motorized vehicle operated within the park must comply with Texas motor vehicle laws and be operated ONLY upon park roadways open to the public. MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE NOT PERMITTED ON PARK TRAILS AND ALL CROSS-COUNTRY OR OFF-ROAD TRAVEL IS PROHIBITED WITHIN THE PARK.
In addition to other traffic regulations, the following apply to operation of motorcycles (including mopeds, motor-assisted bicycles, ATC’s and ATV’s) on all paved and unpaved roads in Big Bend National Park.
ALL BACKCOUNTRY ROADS IN BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK ARE PUBLIC ROADS. ALL VEHICLES DRIVEN ON THESE ROADS MUST BE STREET LEGAL ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.
Did You Know?
From the 1930s until the mid-1960s, Santa Elena Canyon was formally known as "Santa Helena Canyon." The National Park Service dropped the H from the name to assist english-speaking visitors in pronouncing the Spanish language name of the canyon.