• 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.

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

Persimmon Gap visitor center
The Persimmon Gap visitor center serves as an entry point for many visitors.
NPS/Big Bend National Park
Open November through April, 9:00am–4:30pm. Closed for lunch.

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center is located adjacent to the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station at the north entrance of the park.

Exhibits provide an orientation for a typical visitor experience in Big Bend National Park. Learn more about backcountry preparation, and what to expect if you attempt a river trip.

Available Facilities
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?

Santa Elena Canyon

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.