• 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.

Solo Hikers & Boaters

South Rim Sunset

Photo Courtesy - Adam Lewis

Going solo?
Solo backcountry users obtaining a backcountry camping permit are strongly encouraged to fill out and submit a Solo Hiker/Boater information sheet when receiving a camping permit. This information sheet assists searchers should you become lost or injured. Please take the time to fill it out completely. You must return your permit to a visitor center within 12 hours of leaving the backcountry to insure a search is not initiated.

In addition to the form, park staff will ask to take digital photographs of the hiker/boater's equipment and bootprint.

Solo Hiker Form (56k PDF file)

Did You Know?

Russell E. Dickenson

Russell E. Dickenson, eleventh Director of the National Park Service (May, 1980-March, 1985) served as Chief Ranger at Big Bend National Park in 1955-56. He later recalled that "Big Bend was a compression of ten years of experience into one." More...