• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Chisos Basin Visitor Center
Chisos Basin Visitor Center
NPS Photo/Ann Wildermuth

Park Entrances

Park entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year. Entrance fee stations have variable seasons and hours.

Visitor Centers

  • Panther Junction
    Open daily, 9:00am-5:00pm. Reduced hours on Christmas day.
  • Chisos Basin
    Open daily, 8:30am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Reduced hours on Christmas day.
  • Castolon
    Open November through April 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch.
  • Persimmon Gap
    Open daily, 9:00am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch.
  • Rio Grande Village
    Open November through April, 8:30am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch.
Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am–6:00pm (summer), 8:00am–5:00pm (winter).


Big Bend's busy season is generally November through April and the park is often full to capacity for six weeks each year: Thanksgiving week, Christmas holiday season, and spring break (mid March). During these periods, demand for camping and overnight lodging is far greater than the number of campsites and rooms available within the park. Advance reservations for camping & lodging are highly recommended. In order to maximize your visit, it is best to plan ahead and have alternatives.

Did You Know?

Hikers along the South Rim Trail

In 1944, Big Bend's first year of operation as a national park, only 1,409 visitors entered the park. Today, annual visitation averages around 350,000 visitors. More...