• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Panther Junction Visitor Center

Open all year, 8:00am–6:00pm

(432) 477-2251

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.

Available Facilities
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?

1855 map of the Big Bend region

First Lieutenant William H. C. Whiting, leader of the first topographical survey through Texas in 1849 is credited as being the first to use the name "Big Bend" in reference to the distinctive curve of the Rio Grande. More...