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.
Big Bend's landscape is so vast and so awesome that it doesn't always fit well into conventional photography. These Quicktime VR panoramic images allow viewers to scan right and left and in come cases all the way around. They provide a way of getting an overall impression of a scene and not just one static view. Click on the links and when the panorama opens in a new window, hold down the mouse on the image and drag to the right or left to pan around. Use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out.
These panoramic images files require the free Apple QuickTime Player.
Along the Rio Grande
Santa Elena Canyon
The Rio Grande flooding the Langford Hot Spring
This spectacular adobe ruin was once the home of Big Bend area resident Albert Dorgan. Dorgan first proposed the idea of an international park on the Rio Grande in the fall of 1934. The remains of his adobe home are located a short distance from Santa Elena Canyon.
The Chisos Mountains
From the summit of Emory Peak
The South Rim is located at the extreme southern edge of the Chisos Mountains. At the rim, the desert floor lies 2,500 feet below you and vast panoramas of rugged desert and mountains beckon far into Mexico. The South Rim can be done as a strenuous day hike, but is best enjoyed on a 1-2 night backpack trip.
Panoramic photos provided courtesy of virtualbigbend.com
Did You Know?
Water erosion created much of the present landscape in Big Bend National Park. The igneous rock exposed in the Grapevine Hills and the Chisos Mountains, lay far underground millions of years ago. Erosion has stripped away the upper layers to reveal today's landscape. More...