Big Bend's vast undeveloped areas provide excellent opportunities for backcountry experiences if you seek solitude, wilderness, and adventure! Use the information on the pages below to learn more about the types of backcountry use and planing and preparation for your next trip.
Types of Backcountry Use
Primitive campsites along the Chisos Mountains Trails provide some of the ultimate Big Bend vistas.
Primitive Roadside Campsites
If you prefer solitude to developed campgrounds, primitive camping in roadside campsites might be for you.
Camping in the more remote areas of Big Bend's desert offers a unique backcountry experience.
Visitors are welcome to bring and use horses in the park.
Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking through the canyons of the Rio Grande can be an unforgettable experience!
Things to Know
Permits are required for all backcountry use, before you set up camp, for either day-use or overnight-use.
Rules and regulations are in place to help you safely enjoy the backcountry and protect the national park.
Backcountry Food Storage
Do your part to properly store food, water and other edible items from wildlife.
Backcountry Water Sources
Solo Hikers & Boaters
Big Bend is a desert park; backcountry water sources are ephemeral and unreliable.
Going solo? Fill out a solo hiker/boater form as a backup safety precaution.