• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Chisos Basin Visitor Center

Chisos Basin visitor center
Chisos Basin Visitor Center provides information on the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains.
NPS/Big Bend National Park

Open all year, 8:30am–4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Reduced hours on Christmas day.

Chisos Basin Visitor Center is located in the Basin developed area, adjacent to the parking lot. Chisos Mountains trailhead is 100 yards to the west of the visitor center.

Visitor center exhibits on the peregrine falcon, black bear, and mountain lion.

Available Facilities
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?

Santa Elena Canyon

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.