• 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.

Science and Resource Management

Bear Cub Rescue
Bear Cub Rescue
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
 
"What a beautiful laboratory Big Bend was."
-Lon Garrison, park superintendent, 1952-55
 

Scientific research carried out in Big Bend and the other national parks benefits a wide range of people. Park managers use research to make science-based decisions about managing park resources, and scientists use information to further their own research questions. In turn, the public benefits from the insights that provide a better understanding of the natural world.

Interest in conducting research at a park is a measure of the scientific significance of park resources, and with over 100 annual permits, Big Bend National Park’s research program is among the most active in the National Park System.
 

Did You Know?

Cretaceous era crab fossil

The geologic features and Cretaceous and Tertiary fossils in Big Bend National Park furnish opportunities to study the sedimentary and igneous processes. More...