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.
Goods & Services
Commercial services within Big Bend National Park are operated by a private company under contract with the National Park Service. This company provides ways for visitors to purchase a memento or a snack, as well as lodging and dining opportunities. Forever Resorts, Inc., the park's concession operator runs the Chisos Mountains Lodge, in addition to camper stores at Rio Grande Village, Castolon, Panther Junction and the Chisos Basin.
Convenience Stores, ATMs, and WiFi
ATMs are available at the Chisos Basin store, the Rio Grande Village store, and the Panther Junction service station.WiFi service is available at the Chisos Mountain Lodge and the Rio Grande Village store. There are no public use computer terminals in the park.
The Chisos Mountains Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, Inc., is located in the Chisos Basin at 5,400 feet elevation. The lodge offers a variety of rooms and cottages, plus a gift shop and dining room. The lodge is open year-round. more...
Gasoline Stations Outside the Park
To the north:
Post office is open year-round; Monday-Friday: 8:00am-3:00; closed for lunch. Phone: 432-477-2238.
The postal zip code for Big Bend National Park is 79834. To have postcards and letters hand-cancelled with a Big Bend postmark, bring them to the post office during regular hours.
If you plan on an extended stay in the park, it is possible to have mail sent via general delivery to the post office (advance arrangements strongly suggested).Due to homeland security restrictions, the National Park Service cannot accept UPS or FedEx packages addressed to visitors.
Did You Know?
In 1535, prior to settlement, the Spanish adventurer Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca is credited with being the first European to visit the Big Bend Country. The Spanish had a name for such an area - despoblado, or unpopulated land. More...