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.
Annual River Cleanup
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park are sponsoring the fourth annual River Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 9, 2013. We are seeking volunteers to remove litter while spending a day canoeing, rafting, or hiking along the Rio Grande. These efforts improve local water quality, restore natural beauty, and reduce potential threats to human health and wildlife. The River Cleanup is a great way for groups of people to get together, have fun, and help their environment.
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park will supply the river permits, tools, and trash bags for the volunteers who sign up to help us pick-up trash, abandoned fishing lines, and old tires in our efforts to help preserve the beauty of one of our nation's most scenic and threatened rivers. The clean-up is a partnership of the two agencies but each area will be doing the trips slightly different.
For Big Bend National Park: The park will have two separate excursions, with each trip limited to 10 people. The park will provide the canoes and arrange shuttles. Please contact Jane Brown at 432-477-1106 or email for more information and to sign up for a trip.For Big Bend Ranch State Park: Bring your own canoes, kayaks, inflatable kayaks, or hiking shoes. Let us know if you have a boat and how many people you can carry. For those who do not have a boat or do not want to get on the river, we will be doing a clean-up along the River Road, FM 170. To volunteer and for more information call Lou McKaughan at Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327 or email.
Did You Know?
As part of the Mission 66 development program, Big Bend National Park received $14 million dollars for improvements between 1958 and 1965. One Texas writer felt that these developments, such as paved roads and campgrounds, "will not sissify nor citify the wilderness...." More...