• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Backpacking

Backpacking
Backpacking in the Chisos Mountains
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Chisos Mountains Backcountry Campsites
Backpackers in the Chisos Mountains can choose from forty-two designated campsites. Use this workbook to see photos and locations of the backcountry campsites. Chisos Mountains Backcountry Campsites
 

Outer Mountain Loop, Mesa de Anguila, and Marufo Vega Trail
The most remote areas of Big Bend National Park are best left to experienced backpackers. Each year, park rangers respond to desert emergencies when hikers are not prepared for the heat and extreme conditions of the desert.

Due to the complex topography and vague trails, detailed 7.5 minute topographical maps and a compass are necessary for most hikes.

 
Backcountry Use Permits
A Backcountry Use Permit is required for all overnight backpacking trips. more...
 
Backpacking Preparation and Safety
Knowledge and preparation can increase your comfort level and reduce your chances of injury. more...
 
Backcountry Regulations
You are responsible for protecting the resources of the park; these regulations are enforced. more...
 
Seasonal Closures
The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of the NE-4 campsite is closed during the peregrine falcon brooding season from February 1 through May 31 each year. more...

Did You Know?

The Chisos Mountains tower above the desert lowlands

Rising to nearly 8,000 feet, the Chisos Mountains are like an island in the desert. The cooler, forested habitat of the mountains is home to Arizona cypress, quaking aspen, Carmen mountains whitetail deer, and the Colima warbler.