• 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.

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcyclists
Riding in the Big Bend Area
NPS Photo/Mark Schuler
 

Motorcycle Operation and Equipment
All backcountry roads in Big Bend National Park are public roads. All vehicles driven on these roads must be street legal according to the Texas vehicle laws. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails and all cross-country or off-road travel is prohibited in the park.

In addition to traffic regulations, the following apply to operation of motorcycles on all paved and unpaved roads in Big Bend National Park.

  • One and not more than two multiple beam head lamps.
  • One red tail lamp, which shall include a brake light, white license plate light, and red reflector.
  • One rearview mirror located to reflect a view of the roadway for a 200’ distance behind the motorcycle.
  • It is a violation to operate a motorcycle without a muffler or with a muffler that produces unusual noises.
  • Approved protective headgear must be worn by operator and passenger under the age of 21.
  • The operator of the motorcycle must hold a valid license as a motorcycle operator and is subject to the restrictions stated upon the license.
  • The operator shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat, and shall not carry passengers unless the motorcycle was designed to do so.
 

Stay Safe

  • Wear brightly colored clothing or jackets to increase visibility to other motorists.
  • Be aware of road surfaces as you ride. Never over-ride the road conditions.
  • Watch for vehicles straying over the center line.
  • Stay alert for sudden stops or traffic slow-downs, especially around scenic pullouts or other congested areas.
  • Watch for wildlife at the road edge.
  • Ride with headlights on.
  • Secure your motorcycle and valuables when you are away from your bike.

Did You Know?

Luna's Jacal, 1930s

There are eight National Register of Historic Places sites or districts in Big Bend National Park. They are Burro Mesa, Castolon Historic District, Hot Springs Historic District, the Mariscal Mining District, the Homer Wilson Ranch, Rancho Estelle, Daniel’s Ranch and Luna’s Jacal. More...