• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    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.

Your Dollars At Work

Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk

Boardwalk at the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

Where Does Your Money Go?
Big Bend participates in the Congressionally authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, parks keep 80% of all fees collected; the remaining 20% will be deposited in a special account to be used in parks where fees are not collected.

Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects the parks have been unable to fund through yearly Congressional allocations. Your entrance and campground fees help Big Bend National Park complete important projects that directly benefit you and other park visitors.

Projects made possible with your fees:

  • Reconstruction of the boardwalk on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
  • Installation of a vatoilet at Hot Springs
  • Establisment of a visitor center at Castolon Historic District, with permanent exhibits
  • Improvements to river access boat ramps
  • Major expansion of the Panther Junction Visitor Center
  • New wayside exhibits throughout the park
  • Repair/rehab of amphitheaters

 
Recycle Bin and Artwork

Recycling Bin and Recycled Metal Artwork

NPSPhoto/Matthew Yarbrough

Big Bend National Park Recycling Program
Big Bend National Park has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the National Park Service and the State of Texas. Started in the late 1990s, it has grown to the point that independent audits estimate over 90% of recyclable materials, and 40% of the park's total waste stream, are now being recycled.

The program has been recognized as not only being an outstanding example of NPS/concessioner cooperation, but also for the park's firm commitment to leading by example in this important area of conservation. more...

Did You Know?

The Big Bend Mosquitofish

The Big Bend Mosquitofish (Gambusia Gaigei) has the smallest known home range of any vertebrate species. It is found in the wild only in a few small spring pools in the area of Rio Grande Village.