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Brochures

Park Newspaper
The official visitor guide of Big Bend National Park & Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Includes visit planning information, feature articles, and map insets.

The Paisano V34N1 2014 [2.55MB PDF File]
 
Site Bulletins
Park brochures on a variety of park related topics. Formatted to fit legal-size paper unless otherwise noted.

Air Quality [148k PDF File]
The spectacular vistas Big Bend is famous for are getting fuzzier every year. Learn about recent research on air quality in Big Bend, and where the pollution is coming from. Updated in May 2008.

Biosphere Reserve [189k PDF File]
Big Bend is part of the United Nations biosphere reserve program.

Biking Big Bend [148kb PDF file]
Learn more about bicycling rules, safety information, and suggested routes.

Black Bears [148k PDF File]
Big Bend is bear country! This document explores the fascinating return of bears to the Chisos Mountains as well as what you should you do if you encounter a bear while in the park. Updated in May 2008.

Civilian Conservation Corps [204k PDF File]
From 1934-1942, a Civilian Conservation Corp camp operated in what is now Big Bend National Park. Updated in May 2008.

Cultural Resources [324k PDF File]
Informational overview on historical and archeological resources in Big Bend National Park. Updated in May 2008.

Dinosaurs [640k PDF File]
Crocodiles, pterosaurs, oh my! Learn more about Big Bend's fascinating fossil resources.

Geology [212k PDF File]
Learn more about Big Bend's complex geological story.

Glenn Springs [756k PDF File]
A wax factory community in the Big Bend that was the target of a Mexican bandit raid in 1916.

In Layman's Terms: Geologic Highlights of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive [234k PDF File]
This excerpt, from the Winter 2005 issue of The Big Bend Paisano, provides an introductory tour of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive's geologic highpoints. Letter-sized document.

Javelina [364k PDF File]
Learn more about one of Big Bend's most distinctive mammals.

Making the Most of Your Time [104kb PDF file]
This two-page brochure includes suggested trip itineraries and a listing of popular day hikes. Condensed version of the information available in the centerfold of The Big Bend Paisano. Legal-sized document.

Mariscal Mine [147k PDF File]
The mercury mine on Mariscal Mountain is one of the best preserved in the State of Texas.

Mountain Lions [264k PDF File]
Mountain lions live throughout Big Bend; this document discusses what you should do if you encounter a mountain lion while in the park. Updated in May 2008.

Survive the Sun [216k PDF File]
Heat safety is something important to plan for; this document explores what you need to know to stay safe in Big Bend.

Frequently Observed Birds in the Chisos Mountains [144k PDF File]
Listing of birds commonly seen birds in the Chisos Mountains.

Frequently Observed Birds in the Rio Grande Village Area [144k PDF File]
Listing of birds commonly seen birds at Rio Grande Village.

Did You Know?

Emory Peak

The so-called "water tower" on the northwest flank of Emory Peak is a rock remnant left standing when the weathered materials in the adjacent joints were eroded away. Similar rock columns formed by weathering and erosion along joints occur in the lava rim between Toll and Emory Peaks.