• 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.


Area Map (50k PDF file)
A travelers map showing all routes to and from Big Bend National Park.

Backcountry Zone Map [220k PDF File]
Map of backcountry zone camping areas with names, codes, and capacities. Formatted to fit on legal-size paper.

Basic Park Map (641k PDF file)
Full-color basic park map showing most facilities, but not backcountry road sites. Includes a map of Texas showing major routes to the park. Updated in 2004.

Chisos Basin and Rio Grande Village Developed Area Map (624k PDF file)
Detail maps of the Chisos Basin and Rio Grande Village developed areas, showing the location of visitor centers, trailheads, campgrounds, and other facilities. Updated in 2007.

Detailed Park Map (896k PDF file)
Full-color, shaded relief park map showing all campgrounds, backcountry road campsites, trails, and facilities. Updated in 2007

Looking for Topo Maps?
Detailed topographic maps in a variety of formats are available through the Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore.
Topographic map index for Big Bend National Park


Did You Know?


Traveling through the Big Bend during the 1860 camel experiment, Lt. William Echols reported that camels did well in the desert, but that they suffered from sore feet. “I would recommend to any one using the camels over rough country, in case of tender feet, to shoe them with a piece of raw hide…” More...