• 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.

Ranger-led Programs

Ranger Guided Walk
Ranger Guided Walk
NPS Photo/Ann Wildermuth

Ranger-led programs
Join a park ranger for a guided hike, evening program, talk, or workshop on Big Bend's natural and cultural history. Programs are generally offered daily, and are free of charge. Programs vary weekly; current schedules are posted at park visitor centers or may be viewed online.

Programs October 18 - November 01, 2014

Personal Ranger Tours
Personal guided ranger tours are available on a first-come, first served basis for families, groups, or individuals. The cost is $40.00 per hour, with a four-hour minimum. Fees cover salary, government vehicle milage, and administrative costs, and can be paid by check or money order only. Personal ranger tours also depend on availability of personnel [extremely limited during the months of June, July, and August, and during Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, and Spring Break].

Personal ranger tours usually focus on a specialized topic or specific park area. For a general park tour, please contact one of the park's local outfitters.

The following guidelines apply to personal ranger tours:

  • Transportation is not provided for individuals or groups, and generally doesn't include trips on backcountry roads.
  • Personal tours are highly dependent on staff availability.
  • Arrangements for personal tours must be made at least two weeks in advance.
For more information or to check availability, email or call 432-477-1108.

Did You Know?

Dog Canyon

Near the north entrance to Big Bend National Park, Dog Canyon cuts through the Santiago Mountains. Although the real source of the canyon's name is unknown, it was called "Cañon del Perro" by the Spaniards in the late 1700s and early 1800s. More...