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April 07, 2014
2014 National Park Week
Go Wild for Big Bend National Park! Celebrate National Park Week with Free Admission and Special Events

March 31, 2014
Boquillas Port of Entry Celebrates First Year
The Boquillas Port of Entry will celebrate its first year of operations April 19th at 11:00 AM.

February 18, 2014
Environmental Assessment For Backcountry Cabin
The National Park Service (NPS) is considering its options for managing the highly visited Chisos Mountains backcountry.

January 23, 2014
2014 Annual Pioneer Reunion
Big Bend Natural History Association will hold the 26th Annual Pioneer Reunion in the Panther Junction Visitor Center Community Room at Big Bend National Park on Saturday, February 1, from1-5 PM.

December 02, 2013
Boquillas Port of Entry Winter Hours
Winter hours for the Boquillas Port of Entry will go into effect on December 4, 2013.

November 04, 2013
November 2013 Fee Free Weekend
Fee Free Weekend (November 9-11) at Big Bend National Park and Fort Davis National Historic Site in celebration of Veterans Day.

October 28, 2013
Annual River Cleanup
Waterway Cleanup Offers Chance to Enjoy and Improve Local Environment

October 21, 2013
Environmental Assessment - Fossil Discovery Trail
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to construct a new fossil discovery trail exhibit near the current fossil bone exhibit. The public, organizations, and other agencies are invited to review and comment upon an Environmental Assessment (EA) describing and analyzing the proposal.

October 18, 2013
Park Reopens
Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River have re-opened to visitors following a closure since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

September 26, 2013
Fatality in Big Bend
Resuscitation efforts unsuccessful for a park visitor who collapsed while hiking the Oak Springs Trail.

September 13, 2013
Back to School in America's National Parks
National Park Service Helps Teachers Make Learning Fun & Relevant

September 13, 2013
2013 National Public Lands Day
Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 28, 2013, is National Public Lands Day!

August 05, 2013
August 2013 Fatality in Big Bend National Park
Hiker found dead along the Marufo Vega Trail.

June 11, 2013
Fatality at Big Bend National Park
On June 7, 2013, Michael O’Brien, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was found deceased near the Homer Wilson Ranch in Big Bend National Park.

June 10, 2013
Horned Dinosaur Discovery
New horned dinosaur, bravoceratops, discovered in Big Bend National Park, Texas

May 13, 2013
Park Film Debut
Big Bend National Park, along with the Friends of Big Bend National Park, announces the debut of the park’s first orientation film, Big Bend: "Life on the Edge".

April 19, 2013
Fossil Exhibit Planning
Big Bend National Park proposes to construct a new paleontological and geological exhibit near the current fossil bone exhibit site along Highway 385 (Park Route 11), eight miles north of the Panther Junction Visitor Center.

February 26, 2013
Big Bend NP Tourism Creates Local Economic Benefit
Big Bend National Park Tourism Creates $16,703,000 in Local Economic Benefit, Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

January 18, 2013
Peregrine Falcon Nesting Closure
Big Bend National Park Reinstates Temporary Closures For Peregrine Falcons

December 07, 2012
Conservation Cooperative to Host Open House
The Big Bend Conservation Cooperative (BBCC) and participating agencies will host an open house on Dec 20th at the Espino Conference Center within the Morgan University Center of Sul Ross University’s campus in Alpine, Texas.

November 24, 2012
Mountain Lion Attack in Big Bend National Park
Female hiker injured by a mountain lion while hiking in a remote area of Big Bend National Park

October 01, 2012
Conservation of the Rio Grande Watershed
Big Bend Conservation Cooperative Works With Partners To Enhance The Rio Grande And Local Grasslands

September 21, 2012
National Public Lands Day 2012
Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 29, 2012, is National Public Lands Day!

May 18, 2012
Military Pass
Department of the Interior-led Effort Will Provide a Military Pass for Free Access to National Parks and Other Public Lands

May 09, 2012
Multi Use Trail Information Sheet
Big Bend National Park has begun initial construction of a new multi-use trail intended for both hiking and biking, that will provide a family-oriented recreational opportunity for park visitors in a location where none was available before.

February 06, 2012
Mountain Lion Attack
Mountain Lion Attack In Big Bend National Park

February 06, 2012
IDA Gold Tier Designation
Big Bend National Park Earns International Dark Sky Association Gold Tier Designation

February 02, 2012
23rd Annual Pioneer Reunion
23rd Annual Pioneer Reunion, Saturday, February 4, 2012

January 28, 2012
Peregrine Falcons
Big Bend National Park Reinstates Temporary Closures For Peregrine Falcons

November 06, 2011
River Cleanup Day
Waterway Cleanup Offers a Chance to Enjoy and Improve Local Environment

August 22, 2011
National Public Lands Day 2011
National Public Lands Day in Big Bend National Park

August 16, 2011
Chisos Backpacking and Window Trail Open
Big Bend National Park Re-Opens High Chisos Backpacking Campsites and Window Trail Access

August 15, 2011
Burro Mesa Fire Contained
Burro Mesa Fire Contained

August 12, 2011
Backcountry Roads and Campsites Re-Opened
Backcountry Roads and Campsites Re-Opened

June 21, 2011
June Fatality in Big Bend National Park
Wednesday morning, June 15, 2011, a Big Bend National Park employee was flagged down by three illegal immigrants asking for help at the Tornillo Creek bridge near Rio Grande Village.

June 08, 2011
Temporary Backcountry Road and Campsite Closures
As part of an upcoming rock crushing and surfacing project in Big Bend National Park, a few backcountry roads will be closed in the near future.

May 15, 2011
Partial Closure on Old Maverick Road
Partial Closure of Old Maverick Road Over the Next Several Weeks

April 29, 2011
Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquillas Crossing
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT VISITOR CONTACT STATION, ESTABLISH PORT OF ENTRY AT BOQUILLAS CROSSING

April 27, 2011
Fatality in Big Bend National Park
Fatality in Big Bend National Park

April 14, 2011
Chisos Backpacking Closure
Big Bend National Park Temporarily Closes High Chisos Backpacking Campsites Due to Extreme Fire Danger.

February 28, 2011
Proposal To Develop Multi-Use Biking Trail
Big Bend National Park seeks public comment on proposal to develop muti-use mountain biking trail

February 18, 2011
Proposal to Replace Boot Cabin
Big Bend National Park seeks comment on proposal to replace boot cabin

February 18, 2011
Proposal To Open Boquillas Crossing
Big Bend National Park seeks comment on proposal to open Boquillas Crossing, establish port of entry

January 31, 2011
Peregrine closures for 2011
Big Bend National Park reinstates temporary closures for Peregrine falcons in 2011.

December 20, 2010
Agencies Partner to Conserve Big Bend Region
Three agencies within the Department of the Interior, along with the TX Parks and Wildlife Department, signed a Memorandum of Understanding this fall, establishing the Big Bend Conservation Cooperative.

December 06, 2010
Dedication of Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
Big Bend NP Superintendent Willliam Wellman formally dedicated the new Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

November 12, 2010
Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
To recognize and celebrate the efforts of the many employees who worked on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk, a ribbon cutting is scheduled for November 30 at 10:30am

October 22, 2010
Pavement work continues in the Chisos Basin Campground until mid-November
The Chisos Basin Campground is currently undergoing pavement improvement work. The campground will be closed through mid-November.

October 22, 2010
Waterway Cleanup
Rivers and Streams

October 18, 2010
Emory Peak Trail Reroute Complete
Big Bend National Park's trail crew has completed a project to reroute the Emory Peak Trail withing the Chisos Mountains.

October 18, 2010
Management ignited fires
Big Bend National Park began igniting a series of small managed fires to study fire techniques in the Chisos Basin.

October 05, 2010
Chisos Basin Road Closure
Chisos Basin Road will be closed on October 25th from 9am to 3pm for pavement preservation work.

September 20, 2010
Park hosts public meeting to discuss binational cooperation
Park hosts public meeting to discuss binational cooperation between Big Bend National Park and Mexican protected areas.

September 16, 2010
New Park Orientation Film Becomes Reality
New park orientation film becomes a reality with matching funds from Friends of Big Bend NP and a Park Partnership grant of $100,000.

August 31, 2010
Fatality in the Park
Visitor passes away in the park due to an underlying medical condition, possibly brought on by hiking in the desert in hot weather.

August 31, 2010
Ride For Trails In 2010
Join the park on the 2010 Ride For Trails this October!

August 29, 2010
Big Bend 75th Anniversary Post Office Stamp
Post Office offering a special anniversary cancellation stamp.

May 28, 2010
Managed fire at Sublett Farm
rming District to be managed for the benefit of the resources in the park.

May 10, 2010
Border Patrol Housing
Ground has been broken for new Border Patrol housing in the park.

March 16, 2010
Chisos Basin LED Lighting
Superintendent Wellman introduces the new LED lighting system in the Chisos Basin in this short video.

December 18, 2009
Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Reopens
A final segment of the Rio Grande Village nature trail is still being repaired but the birding platform in the wetland is open. The rest of the trail can be accessed by a detour.

November 16, 2009
Partners Combine Efforts for Night Sky Project
Big Bend partners support of the night sky initiative.

August 24, 2009
Phase II of the night sky-friendly lighting project
Phase II of the project will be the Chisos Basin developed area, interior lighting improvements to the Panther Junction visitor center exhibits, and the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center exhibits.

August 14, 2009
Ecosystem protection on both sides of the US/Mexico Border
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mexican Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira to Strengthen Conservation Cooperation in Big Bend Area of the U.S. - Mexico Border

August 09, 2009
Mining and Environmental Impact Teacher's Workshop
Teachers workshop held October 7-9, 2009.

August 08, 2009
America's Best Idea - The National Parks
America's Best Idea, the PBS series from Ken Burns premieres September 27th on PBS.

July 28, 2009
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
New Department of Homeland Security identification requirements for border crossings including float trips on the Rio Grande.

July 13, 2009
New Lighting to Protect the Night Sky
New, more efficient lighting installed at various locations in the park thanks to donations from park partners.

June 22, 2009
Monsoon Rainstorms and Road Conditions
Expect changing road conditions during the monsoon season due to occassional washouts. Please check the Daily Report for updated road closures and special vehicle requirements.

June 22, 2009
Charcoal Ban at the Chisos Basin Campground Lifted
The spring charcoal ban in the Chisos Basin Campground has ended.

June 15, 2009
Fatality in the park
Illegal immigrant succumbs to severe desert heat.

May 24, 2009
Rio Grande level higher than normal into early June
A short term increase in river flow from the Luis Leon reservoir will effect the depth of the Rio Grande in the park.

May 17, 2009
Comments requested for replacement of Chisos Basin Wastewater Plant
No abstract supplied.

April 16, 2009
Bear Activity in the Chisos
Bear activity in the high Chisos Mountains

March 05, 2009
Trail Closure - Peregrine falcons are nesting
Information about trail and campsite closures in the High Chisos for the nesting Peregrine falcons. Southeast rim trail and campsites will reopen June 1st.

February 15, 2009
Public Comments Requested For Proposed Regulations
2009 Special Park Regulations open for public comment. New rules include clarification on carrying concealed weapons, limits on camping, and permits for large groups. Comment period open through March 16, 2009.

January 31, 2009
2008 Rio Grande Flood
Information about the September flooding along the Rio Grande from Tropical Storm Lowell.

December 10, 2008
Final Bird Count of 2008 - Dec 28-29
Join other birders for this two day event at Big Bend.

December 07, 2008
Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Release
Silvery minnows have been released into the Rio Grande to reintroduce them to their native habitat. It has been 50 years since silvery minnows inhabited this portion of the Rio Grande.

November 24, 2008
Life Lost at Big Bend National Park
Fatality at Rio Grande Village.

September 27, 2008
National Public Lands Day
Each year the park celebrates National Publics Lands Day. Read the press release for our events in 2008 and join us here in 2009.

August 20, 2008
Seeking public comment on new waste treatment station
The comment period has now closed.

August 19, 2008
Environmental Assessment for bikes
The comment period has now closed.

August 08, 2008
2008 Park Contruction Environmental Assessment
The comment period has now closed

June 11, 2008
nr2008june#1
Big Bend National Park plans to start prescribed fire operations the week of June 9, 2008, if environmental factors such as wind, temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture levels are favorable.

June 11, 2008
Unidentified Body Found in Big Bend National Park
On Thursday, June 5, 2008, Big Bend National Park authorities received a visitor report of a body off the side of the Old Ore Road.

May 07, 2008
Newly expanded and renovated Panther Junction Visitor Center opens at Big Bend National Park
No abstract supplied.

April 21, 2008
Park Volunteers Nationally Recognized With Take Pride in America Awards
Forty-eight park volunteers were awarded the nationally recognized Presidential Service Awards at Big Bend National Park’s Volunteer Award Dinner on March 31, 2008.

April 07, 2008
Dedication to be held for the newly expanded and renovated Panther Junction Visitor Center at Big Bend National Park
No abstract supplied.

February 25, 2008
Big Bend National Park Seeks Comments on Construction of Walking Trail at Dorgan/Sublett Historic Site
No abstract supplied.

February 25, 2008
Visitor Center Construction to Continue Through Spring Break
No abstract supplied.

February 15, 2008
National Guard Backcountry Roadwork Repair Continuing at Big Bend National Park
No abstract supplied.

February 03, 2008
Dedication of Peregrine Falcon Statue at Big Bend National Park
Dedication of a life-sized, bronze peregrine falcon sculpture will be held February 15 starting at 5:00 PM at the Basin Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park.

January 23, 2008
Big Bend National Park Superintendent's 2008 Compendium Public Review and Comment Period
The annual review and comment period for the Superintendent’s compendium is now underway, with comments required to be received by February 19, 2008.

January 11, 2008
Park volunteers nationally recognized with Presidential Service Awards
Thirty-eight park volunteers were awarded the nationally recognized Presidential Service Awards at Big Bend National Park’s Volunteer Awards Dinner on January 8, 2008.

January 11, 2008
Big Bend National Park reinstates temporary closures for peregrine falcons
Big Bend National Park will again close certain areas to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites from February 1 through May 31.

January 07, 2008
National Guard to Assist Big Bend National Park with Backcountry Road Repairs
No abstract supplied.

Did You Know?

Hikers cautiously approach the Ernst Tinaja

The largest tinaja found in Big Bend National park, Ernst Tinaja, is about 13-15 feet deep. The floor is covered with small boulders. In the history of the park, it has only been recorded dry once, from March to June of 2000.