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.
Charcoal Ban at the Chisos Basin Campground Lifted
With the early arrival of significant monsoon rain, the charcoal ban has been lifted in the Chisos Basin campground. Fire danger is currently Moderate to High.
At all times of the year, charcoal use is limited to developed campgrounds and developed picnic areas. When conditions warrant, charcoal may be banned in those areas.
Charcoal is allowed in developed front and backcountry campsites, NPS-developed picnic areas, and on sandy areas along the river where boat trips are allowed to camp. Charcoal is never allowed to be burned anywhere else in the park due to the risk of wildfire.
In the past, inconsiderate visitors have thrown ashes and coals into the desert, which created both an eyesore and the risk of wildfire. These problems harm park resources which is why the use of charcoal is tightly regulated.
Did You Know?
Prior to the 1940s, Santa Elena Canyon was known locally as "the Grand Canyon of the Rio Grande." The National Park Service changed the name of the canyon to lessen the chance that visitors would compare it unfavorably with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.