PANTHER JUNCTION VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Panther Junction Visitor Center will be closed Tuesday May 28 and Wednesday May 29 for needed maintenance. Information, backcountry permits, and entrance fee payments can be taken care of at the Chisos Basin Visitor Center.
Santa Elena Canyon
Spectacular Santa Elena
The first 13 meandering miles from the put-in at Lajitas give you a good look at the contrast between the riparian and desert ecosystem. The river becomes more technical in the last seven miles when you have entered the actual canyon. Two miles into the canyon, the largest rapid, the Rock Slide is classified as a Class IV rapid at certain water levels.
Santa Elena Upstream
Did You Know?
Poisonous snakes found in Big Bend National Park include the western diamondback rattlesnake, the Mojave rattlesnake, the blacktailed rattlesnake, the rock rattlesnake, and the Trans Pecos copperhead. The most commonly seen snake is the nonpoisonous western coachwhip, or red racer. More...