• 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 September 19 - October 04, 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?

Mexican long-nosed bat

Big Bend has more species of bats (22) than any other national park. One of these, the Mexican long-nosed bat, is an endangered bat species, whose only known roosting site in the United States is in the Chisos Mountains. More...