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.
Panther Junction Visitor Center
Located at Panther Junction.
Exhibits provide an overview of the complex geology and natural and cultural histories present in Big Bend National Park. The Panther Path, a self-guided nature trail, begins adjacent to the porch of the visitor center.
Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal hours. Visitor center complex includes the Big Bend Natural History Association Bookstore, U.S. Post Office, public phone, and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers.
Did You Know?
As planning progressed for the new Big Bend National Park in the early 1940s, one prominent proposal called for the development of a dude ranch in the new park. Occupying as much as 200,000 acres, the ranch would have featured longhorn cattle. Objections by biologists helped eliminate the idea. More...