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.
Monsoon Rainstorms and Road Conditions
Monsoon rains started two months early at Big Bend this year. Floods typically do not affect the paved roads, with the exception of the road from Castolon to Santa Elena Canyon. This road will close when flash floods deposit debris and standing water on the roadway. The dirt roads in the park suffer periodic washouts, making them passable only to four-wheel drive vehicles or even totally closed until repairs can be made.
Please see the Daily Report for up to date closures and special vehicle requirements for the park's many dirt roads. Some have been temporarily closed, others require four wheel drive and high clearance.
As the Park Service makes repairs, road conditions and vehicle requirements can change on a daily basis.
Mid-to-late September is generally the end of the monsoon season at Big Bend.
Did You Know?
About the beginning of the twentieth century, D. E. Lindsey operated a small quicksilver prospect on the northern end of Mariscal Mountain in Big Bend National Park. On old maps, the location is shown as the Lindsey mine, but it is more commonly known as the Mariscal mine. More...