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.
You are responsible for protecting the resources of your park; these regulations are enforced.
Use or discharge of firearms is prohibited. All wildlife is protected by federal law.
Groundfires and woodfires are prohibited.
Contain your trash and pack it out.
No pets on trails or in the backcountry.
Do not take shortcuts on trails.
Collecting or disturbing any natural or historical feature or object is prohibited.
Contaminating natural water sources and their surroundings is prohibited. Camp at least 100 yards from any water source.
Camp within designated sites.
Generator use is not permitted in backcountry campsites.
Open zone camping: Be at least 0.5 mile and out of sight from any road and at least 100 yards from any trail, historical structure, archeological site, dry wash, or cliff edge.
Bury human waste at least 6 inches deep. Pack out toilet paper.
Motorized vehicles and bicycles are permitted only on designated public roads.
Do not feed wildlife.
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...