• 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?

Big Bend Natural History Association logo

Established in 1956, the Big Bend Natural History Association operates bookstores in all the visitor centers in Big Bend National Park. During that time they have contributed $1.8 million dollars to support the mission of the National Park Service at Big Bend National Park and Amistad NRA. More...