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.
Marufo Vega Trail
This is a strenuous, but spectacular day hike or overnight backpacking trip. The trail is named after Gregorio Marufo, who grazed goats along the river. Hikers today use the cross country section to join two ends of the popular desert trail making it a14-mile round-trip loop.
The route is poorly defined and overgrown with low desert vegetation. Temperatures may exceed 100°F. There is no shade or water along this trail—river water is not potable. This combination of factors make this trail potentially deadly during the late spring and summer. Wear a hat, and clothing to protect against the sun's radiant heat, take along plenty of water and salty snacks, and start early when temperatures are cooler.Due to the difficult nature of this hike and environmental dangers in the low desert, hikers are strongly advised to purchase a detailed topographic map before heading out as the trail can be confusing. A map is available from the Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore.
Did You Know?
Persimmon Gap has long been a natural gateway for travelers to the Big Bend. The Comanche Trail passed through the gap, a ranch-era store was located there, as well as the modern visitor center and park entrance.