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.
Safety Considerations for Parents
Big Bend is a wild and natural place with many opportunities to explore nature with your children.
Don't panic; with a few simple precautions you and your family should have a wonderful time getting to know the park.
Have a first-aid kit handy
Drink plenty of water
Don't feed the animals
Mountain Lions & Bears
Require your children to walk with adults, rather than by themselves. If you see a lion, pick up your smallest child. Keep all your children with you and stand as a group. DON'T RUN! Shout and wave your arms above your head. Mountain lion sightings are unusual and exciting, and most people see lions while travelling in their cars. However, be sure you talk to your children about safe behavior before you begin hiking or exploring the park.
Did You Know?
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who carved the presidential figures into Mount Rushmore, briefly considered a similiar project on the walls of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. This idea, was quickly abandoned. More...