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.
Backcountry Use Permits
A backcountry use permit is required for backcountry camping, including backpacking, backcountry roadside campsites, and zone camping. Backcountry use permits are also required for day-use and overnight river trips and stock use.
Things to know about backcountry permits:
Did You Know?
Robert Hill, working for the U.S. Geological Survey, was the first person to successfully float the canyons of the Rio Grande in the area of Big Bend. His trip, from Presidio to Lantry took over a month.