• 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.


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?

A few miles into Green Gulch, to the left of the road and high on the slopes of Lost Mine Peak, is a small cave that looks like a little house and is called the Watchman's House. According to legend, this cave is occupied by the ghost of the Indian slave who guarded the mine in the Chisos Mountains. More...