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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    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.

Rio Grande Village Visitor Center

Rio Grande Village visitor center
The Rio Grande Village visitor center.
NPS/Big Bend National Park
November through April, 8:30am–4:00pm. Closed for lunch.

Rio Grande Visitor Center is located a 0.25 mile north of the Rio Grande Village developed area.

Learn about animal life along the Rio Grande; exhibits explore bats and other animals that live in Big Bend. Find out about the endangered Big Bend Gambusia, a fish found only in the park. In front of the visitor center, a small desert garden provides an excellent overview of the plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. A mini-theater is also available for viewing Big Bend videos.

Available Facilities
Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, public phone, and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal hours. Entrance fees can be paid at the Rio Grande Village Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

1855 Map of the Big Bend region

The Big Bend area of Texas derives its name from its location on the bend of the Rio Grande. The river creates a natural border that separates the United States from Mexico. More...