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.
Plan Your Visit
Once a remote and seemingly inhospitable area reached only by miles of dirt roads, Big Bend has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the state of Texas visited by an average of 300,000 visitors each year. Scenic vistas, diverse wildlife, historic sites, and border culture rank among the features visitors enjoy in Big Bend.
Download our 2014 Visitor Guide, The Paisano, for comprehensive information about visiting Big Bend National Park. [2.55 MB PDF]
For information, orientation, exhibits, park video, maps, books, and free brochures, the Panther Junction Visitor Center is a great place to start your adventure. more...
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...
Before you visit Big Bend National Park, there are a few things you should be aware of to help insure your visit is as enjoyable as possible. Find out about what weather to expect, pet policies, safety concerns, and accessibility. more...
Did You Know?
Russell E. Dickenson, eleventh Director of the National Park Service (May, 1980-March, 1985) served as Chief Ranger at Big Bend National Park in 1955-56. He later recalled that "Big Bend was a compression of ten years of experience into one." More...