• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Fees & Reservations

Maverick Entrance Station
Maverick Entrance Station
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 

ENTRANCE FEES

  • Entrance Passes
    All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Big Bend National Park.
  • Big Bend Annual Pass: $40 (good for one year)
    Covers entrance fees to Big Bend National Park. Pass is available at Big Bend National Park entrance stations or the Panther Junction Visitor Center. Pass is non-transferable.
  • Vehicle: $20
    This fee includes all occupants of a private, non-commercial vehicle and is valid for 7 days.
  • Individuals: $10
    This fee applies to one individual on a motorcycle or bicycle and is valid for 7 days.
  • Non-commercial groups:
    $20 per vehicle, vehicle capacity 15 or less.
    $10 per person, vehicle capacity 16 or more. Children 15 and younger are free. Annual and lifetime passes may be used.
  • Commercial Groups:
    $10 per client; passes may not be used. Business is required to obtain commercial use authorization. Bus tours, 25 person capacity or greater, $200 (commercial use authorization not required).
  • Educational Groups:
    Entrance fees are waived for educational groups, including chaperones, visiting the park as part of their course work. Entrance fee waiver request must be submitted at least two weeks prior to visit.

CAMPING FEES

  • Developed Campgrounds
    The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds; Rio Grande Village Campground, Chisos Basin Campground, and Cottonwood Campground. The cost is $14 per night per site ($7 per nght with applicable pass).
  • Campground Reservations
    Limited campsites at Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable November 15-April 15. Reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations. more...
  • Backcountry Campsites
    Backcountry campsites require a $10 backcountry use permit ($5 with applicable pass), which must be acquired in person at one of the park's visitor centers during normal business hours.

Did You Know?

Horseback rider in Tornillo Creek, 1930s

Tornillo Creek drains the eastern portion of Big Bend National Park. The usually dry creek bed is named for the screwbean (tornillo) mesquite. For brief periods after summer thunderstorms, this desert stream roars. Tornillo Creek joins the Rio Grande at Hot Springs. More...