• 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.

Survive the Sun

Ocotillo Sky
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
 

In all seasons, whether walking, backpacking, or day hiking, follow these tips to conserve your internal water reserves:

Reduce Your Activity
During the hottest days, usually May through August, avoid hiking in the lower elevations during the heat of the day, generally 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Find Shade
Shade in the desert means the difference between excessive heat gain from radiant sun and sheer comfort. In an emergency, a person resting in the shade will survive longer than someone exposed to the sun.

Drink Your Water
Don't try to conserve the drinking water you have. Whether casually strolling, or taking a strenuous hike, you must drink your available water. Carry plenty of drinking water; at least one gallon per person per day. Balance your food and water intake. Eat a salty snack every time you take a drink of water.

Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
Water is the best remedy for dehydration and listlessness. The diuretic effects of caffeine and alcohol can result in an accelerated loss of body water.

Protect Your Body
Our sensitive skin burns easily; it needs shade, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and proper footwear. Dehydration is accelerated by exposed skin, so keep your clothing on. Wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting, light-colored clothes.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

When formally established in 1944, Big Bend was the 27th national park in the United States, and the first in Texas. Today, Big Bend is one of thirteen units of the national park system in Texas. More...