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
Park entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year. Entrance fee stations have variable seasons and hours.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am–6:00pm (summer), 8:00am–5:00pm (winter).
VisitationBig 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?
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...