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.
Persimmon Gap Visitor Center
Open November through April, 9:00am–4:30pm. Closed for lunch.
Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, public phone, and restrooms. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal hours. A picnic area with pit toilets is located 0.25 mile south of the entrance station.
Did You Know?
From the 1930s until the mid-1960s, Santa Elena Canyon was formally known as "Santa Helena Canyon." The National Park Service dropped the H from the name to assist english-speaking visitors in pronouncing the Spanish language name of the canyon.