• 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.

ATV use Prohibited

All-Terrain Vehicle Use Prohibited within Big Bend National Park
  • No "off-road" vehicle travel is allowed in Big Bend National Park. All vehicles must stay on established roadways.
  • All vehicles driven in the park, on paved or unpaved roads, must be "street legal" in the state of Texas. The use of "ATV's" is prohibited in Big Bend National Park.

Regulations concerning ATV use are not specifically addressed in 36 C.F.R. The use of such vehicles is governed by state law as outlined in 36 C.F.R. Section 4.2 - State Law Applicable. Section 4.2 (b) states that violating a provision of State law is prohibited.Under the Texas Traffic Laws, Transportation Code - TRC section 663.037 the operation of an ATV on a public roadway is prohibited.

An ATV is defined as "a motor vehicle that is (A) equipped with a saddle for the use of the rider; (B) designed to propel itself with three or four tires in contact with the ground; and (C) designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use by the operator only.

If the vehicle meets this description, it cannot be driven on public roadways in Texas and it cannot be registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. All backcountry roads in Big Bend National Park are public roads. all vehicles driven on these roads must be street leagal according to the Texas motor vehicle laws.

Did You Know?

Panther Junction service station

The gas station at Panther Junction is located 1/8 mile to the west of the visitor center. The gas station sells both gas and diesel, and can usually do minor tire repair. It also stocks groceries and souvenir items. More...