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.
The following PDF files contain some of the information most frequently requested.
Did You Know?
Carter Peak (5,479'/1,670m), in the middle of the Window, is named for Amon Carter. Carter was instrumental in the movement to establish Big Bend as a national park. Through his Fort Worth newspaper the general public learned of the scenic qualities of the Big Bend.