• 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.

Scenic Drives

Cenizo in bloom
Cenizo in bloom along scenic drive
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
Mule Ears Peaks

Mule Ears Peaks

NPS Photo/Blake Trester

Paved Roads
More than 100 miles of paved roads throughout Big Bend National Park showcase not only gorgeous vistas, but also invite you to marvel at the geological splendor, contemplate the lives of early settlers, and observe the incredible diversity of plants and animals that call this home.Taking a scenic drive can be an ideal way to explore the park if you have limited time or if weather is not conducive for other activities.
Yuccas on Dagger Flat Road

Dagger Flat View

NPS Photo/Blake Trester

Improved Dirt Roads
Enjoy the shift from khaki-colored desert to a forest of giant yuccas on the Dagger Flat Auto Trail, or contemplate the harsh lifestyle representative in the primitive, long-since-abandoned structure of Luna's Jacal on the Old Maverick Road. Big Bend's improved dirt roads are accessible for most vehicles, but some are rougher than others and road conditions deteriorate quickly with a passing storm. Please inquire about current conditions before venturing out along one of these roads.
Mariscal Mine

Mariscal Mine

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

Primitive Dirt Roads
Miles of primitive dirt roads lead across washboards and boulders, through canyons and creek beds, past old settlements and cemeteries. In addition to marvelous panoramic vistas, many of these roads access hiking trails, primitive roadside campsites, and the river. Primitive dirt roads are maintained for high-clearance vehicles only, and may require a 4WD. They may be rocky with areas of soft sand that are unsafe for sedans or RVs. Rain can make roads difficult to drive or impassable. Always inquire about current road conditions.

Did You Know?

The Rio Grande forms the international boundary between the United States and Mexico

Including both Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, the National Park Service administers 245 miles of border — 13% of the entire United States-Mexico border. More...