• 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.

Backcountry Closures

Closure sign near the Boot Canyon Trail junction
Closure sign near the Boot Canyon Trail junction.
NPS/Big Bend National Park
 
Closed Areas

Parts of the backcountry are closed to backpacking:

  • Within 1/2 mile of any developed area, road, the Mariscal Mine, or Hot Springs.
  • Within 100 yards of any trail, historical structure, archaeological site, water source, dry wash or cliff edge.
  • Pine Canyon Research Natural Area.
  • On Burro Mesa above 3,400 feet elevation.
  • The north half of the Chisos Mountains, the Basin, and the area around Oak Spring.
  • Within 500 yards of any tinaja on the Mesa de Anguila.

Seasonal Closures

To protect the peregrine falcon, an endangered species, the following areas of the park are closed to all use from February 1 until May 31 each year:

  • 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 Campsite NE-4.
  • All Southeast Rim campsites as well as Northeast (NE) campsites 4 and 5 are closed during this period. Technical rock climbing on rock faces within ¼ mile of known peregrine eyries, as posted, will not be allowed between February 1 and May 31.

The park does not plan to close any other areas but restrictions may be modified if Peregrine behavior or nesting sites do not follow traditional trends.

Did You Know?

Mount Huffman stands at the head of Green Gulch

The most recently named peak in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park is Mount Huffman. Mount Huffman (6,069'/1,850 m) at the head of Green Gulch was named in honor of Calvin Huffman. As state representative in 1941, Huffman was instrumental in the establishment of Big Bend National Park. More...