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.
Chisos Basin Visitor Center
Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and restrooms. Backcountry permits are issued during normal hours. A water faucet is available on the east side of the building for filling personal water containers.
Did You Know?
From the 1930s until the mid-1960s, Santa Elena Canyon was formally known as "Santa Helena Canyon." The National Park Service dropped the H from the name to assist english-speaking visitors in pronouncing the Spanish language name of the canyon.