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.
Topographic Map Index
Maps in the USGS 7.5 minute series are highly encouraged for most backcountry use in Big Bend. They have a scale of 1:24,000 and a contour interval of 40.
It takes thirty-one maps to cover the area of the park:
Where Can You Get Them?
NOTE: Conditions of "trails", "roads", physiographic features and structures depicted on USGS maps may have changed, be overgrown or no longer exist.
Did You Know?
As part of the Mission 66 development program, Big Bend National Park received $14 million dollars for improvements between 1958 and 1965. One Texas writer felt that these developments, such as paved roads and campgrounds, "will not sissify nor citify the wilderness...." More...