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.
The National Park Service makes every effort to keep the public informed about news events and special and re-occurring events which occur within and around the units of the Park Service.
Big Bend National Park publishes the Paisano, the official visitor guide which provides visit planning information and contains articles on various resource-related topics.
Big Bend also provides news releases to local and regional newspapers; current and past news releases that can also be found here on the park web site.
For all press inquiries, call the park's Public Information Officer at 432-477-2802 or by email.
Did You Know?
From the 1930s until the mid-1960s, Santa Elena Canyon was formally known as "Santa Helena Canyon." The National Park Service dropped the H from the name to assist english-speaking visitors in pronouncing the Spanish language name of the canyon.