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?
Below the Rockslide in Santa Elena Canyon is “Smuggler’s Cave.” Of course, it is one of the many legendary sites of hidden treasure in the area of Big Bend National Park. This is unlikely, as it is also too difficult to reach for just an average outlaw "hangout." More...