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.
From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and an ever-changing river.
Seventy-five species of mammals inhabit the deserts and mountains of Big Bend National Park. Big Bend also has more than 450 species of birds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians.
Big Bend's rich history is revealed in a wealth of historic photographs. These galleries cover the period prior to the establishment of the park in 1944 and the evolution of the park in the years after.
Did You Know?
From 1929 to 1943, Elmo Johnson's Ranch served as a U.S. Army Air Corps landing field. The field was a popular weekend destination for pilots—a place to combine flying exercises with recreation such as hunting, fishing, exploring Indian caves, and taking burro rides into Mexico. More...