PANTHER JUNCTION VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Panther Junction Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday May 28 and Wednesday May 29 for needed maintenance. Information, backcountry permits, and entrance fee payments can be taken care of at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center.
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?
Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt visited Big Bend in 1971 to study the regions geology in preparation for their mission to the moon. This was one of four field trips to Big Bend that Apollo astronauts participated in between 1964 and 1971.