• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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?

A vast desert landscape

In 1535, prior to settlement, the Spanish adventurer Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca is credited with being the first European to visit the Big Bend Country. The Spanish had a name for such an area - despoblado, or unpopulated land. More...