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.
Zone camping is available throughout much of the park's desert elevations. The scenery varies from Rio Grande floodplain and arid badlands to sotol grasslands and rugged volcanic peaks. Some areas are regularly used and easily accessible while other more isolated areas are seldom used.
Things to Know
Map of backcountry zone camping areas with names, codes, and capacities. Formatted to fit on legal-size paper.
Hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, Mesa de Anguila, or the 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.
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...