PANTHER JUNCTION VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Panther Junction Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday May 28 and Wednesday May 29 for needed maintenance. Information, backcountry permits, and entrance fee payments can be taken care of at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center.
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?
The Comanche Trail was such a well-marked feature that during the early days of the Mexican Republic, it was designated as the boundary between the Mexican states of Coahuila and Chihuahua at Paso del Chisos, the flattish valley west of Mariscal Mountain. More...