• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Conditions & Closures

Updated Monday, January 13, 2014

Short term, temporary closures, such as road closures due due flooding, are listed on the Big Bend Daily Report, posted daily on the website homepage, as well as at visitor centers and campgrounds in the park.

Information included here addresses longer-term closures, such as the Southeast Rim for peregrine nesting, campsite closures due to bear activity, or closures due to construction.
 
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Camping & Backcountry Campsites

  • The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of Campsite NE-4, and all Southeast Rim campsites as well as Northeast campsites NE-4 and 5 are closed from February 1–May 31 for Peregrine Falcon nesting.

  • Technical rock climbing on rock faces within 0.25 mile of known peregrine eyries, as posted, will not be allowed between February 1 and July 15.

 
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Roads & Highways

  • All park roads are currently open.
 
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Trails

  • From February 1–May 31, the Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of Campsite NE-4 will be closed for Peregrine Falcon nesting.
 
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Fire & Smoking Restrictions

  • Groundfires and woodfires are prohibited throughout the park.
  • A smoking ban is in place at Panther Junction and in the Chisos Mountains/Basin until further notice. Smoking will only be allowed at designated smoking areas (buildings with ash tray) for these two areas.

Did You Know?

Soldiers near Boquillas, 1941

In 1942 soldiers from Fort Bliss installed a machine-gun emplacement along the Rio Grande pointed at Boquillas, Mexico. This was done due to fears over border security and a possible Japanese invasion through Mexico.