• 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.

Park Planning

Rio Grande Autumn
Rio Grande Autumn
NPS Photo/Blake Trester
 
National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide it in managing park resources. These documents can range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations, specific use-type such as backcountry or river use, to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of the park.
 

Park Plans

General Management Plan - approved May 2004
Backcountry Management Plan - approved December 1995 [5.12mb pdf file]
Comprehensive Interpretive Plan - approved October 2004 [252kb pdf file]
Fire Management Plan - approved October 2005 [3.02mb pdf file]
Recreational River Use Management Plan - approved March 1997 [3.68mb pdf file]

 

Did You Know?

Hikers cautiously approach the Ernst Tinaja

The largest tinaja found in Big Bend National park, Ernst Tinaja, is about 13-15 feet deep. The floor is covered with small boulders. In the history of the park, it has only been recorded dry once, from March to June of 2000.