• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    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

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Date: June 22, 2009

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?

Alsate's face

Near the mouth of Green Gulch the road passes the eastern end of the Pulliam Peak intrusion. Here erosion has sculptured the intrusion; from certain places, the mountain profile takes the shape of a man's face that is looking skyward. The mountain profile is locally known as Alsate's Face. More...