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.
Our Staff & Offices
Park Management and Administration
Interpretation and Visitor Services
Chief, Interpretation and Visitor Services - David Elkowitz
The Division of Interpretation conducts a variety of activities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds with year round opportunities for learning and enhancing stewardship at various locations within the park. The interpretive staff presents evening programs, talks, guided walks, demonstrations, special events and informal contacts, and manages and staffs five visitor centers, at Panther Junction, Rio Grande Village, Castolon, Persimmon Gap, and the Chisos Basin. Big Bend's interpretive media infrastructure encompasses outdoor exhibits, visitor center displays, site bulletins and trail guides, a park newspaper, and maintenance of the park website.
Science and Resource Management
Visitor & Resource Protection
Did You Know?
Before its establishment as a National Park in 1944, Big Bend was a Texas state park for eleven years. When established in May of 1933 the park was first designated "Texas Canyons State Park." The name of the new park was changed to Big Bend by the end of that year. More...