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.
Outer Mountain Loop
Difficulty: Strenuous; significant elevation changes and primitive trail
WaterWater is always a concern on this trail. Do not rely on seasonal, intermittent, or ephemeral springs. We recommend that you carry a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day. Caching water at one or two locations along the loop, in addition to packing all you can carry before setting out on your hike, is the key to success on the Outer Mountain Loop. Water can be cached at the end of the Juniper Canyon Road (requires high clearance or 4WD) or at the Homer Wilson/Blue Creek Ranch. A storage box is available there for caching water. When caching water, remember to mark each bottle with your name and the date you plan to pick up the water. Please pack out empty bottles.
Did You Know?
As part of the Mission 66 development program, Big Bend National Park received $14 million dollars for improvements between 1958 and 1965. One Texas writer felt that these developments, such as paved roads and campgrounds, "will not sissify nor citify the wilderness...." More...