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.
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
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...
You are responsible for protecting the resources of the park; these regulations are enforced. more...
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?
At 1,850 feet (564m), Rio Grande Village is the lowest point in Big Bend National Park. Because of its elevation and the surrounding landscape, Rio Grande Village often experiences strong winds. During the winter there can be a 50 degree difference between high and low temperatures. More...