• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • 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.

Arriving After Hours

Rio Grande Village at Sunset
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

Big Bend is very remote; it is not unusual for visitors to arrive after normal business hours. Park entrances are always open, but entrance fee stations and visitor centers may be closed before you arrive.

Entrance Fees

Visitors who arrive after hours ar required to pay the entrance fee or show an applicable pass at a park visitor center in the morning. A valid receipt will be issued to display on your windshield.

Camping and Lodging

  • Campers without reservations: self-register at a developed campground (Rio Grande Village, Chisos Basin, or Cottonwood).
  • Campers with reservations: check the map at your campground to locate your site number.
  • Backcountry Use Permits: issued only during business hours at any visitor center; backcountry camping without a permit is strictly prohibited.
  • RV hook-ups: located near the store at the Rio Grande Village. For availability and reservations, call 1-877-386-4383.
  • Lodging: Chisos Mountain Lodge office hours are 7:00am–9:00pm. For availability and reservations, call 1-877-386-4383.

Did You Know?

A vast desert landscape

In 1535, prior to settlement, the Spanish adventurer Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca is credited with being the first European to visit the Big Bend Country. The Spanish had a name for such an area - despoblado, or unpopulated land. More...