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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Press Kit

Kayakers at the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon
Kayakers at the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon.
NPS/Eric Leonard
Big Bend National Park was authorized by Congress in 1935 and formally established on June 12, 1944, to preserve and protect a representative area of the Chihuahuan Desert along the Rio Grande for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The park includes rich biological and geological diversity, cultural history, recreational resources, and outstanding opportunities for bi-national protection of our shared natural and cultural heritage.

This press kit is designed to assist journalists and others with general park information, statistics and other background materials about Big Bend National Park.

A selection of high-resolution digital images are available for public use. Please contact the park webmaster if you require assistance with these photographs.


Did You Know?

1855 map of the Big Bend region

First Lieutenant William H. C. Whiting, leader of the first topographical survey through Texas in 1849 is credited as being the first to use the name "Big Bend" in reference to the distinctive curve of the Rio Grande. More...