Panther Junction Visitor Center
Located at park headquarters, Panther Junction Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal business hours. Interactive exhibits provide an overview of geology and natural and cultural histories of the park.
Visitor center complex includes a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, U.S. Post Office, public phone, and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers. The Panther Path, a self-guided nature trail, begins adjacent to the porch of the visitor center.
The Panther Junction Gas Station, 200 yards west of the visitor center, is open every day. The station offers gas, diesel, as well as groceries.
Chisos Basin Visitor Center
Castolon Visitor Center
Located in the historic La Harmonia store building, Castolon Visitor Center has exhibits on the multi-faceted history of this border region. Backcountry camping permits and river use permits are issued during normal hours. Entrance fees can be paid at the Castolon Visitor Center. Castolon Visitor Center has a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and nearby restrooms.
Persimmon Gap Visitor Center
Located at the north entrance to the park, Persimmon Gap Visitor Center offers park orientation and information. The visitor center has exhibits, bookstore, mini-theater, public phone, and restrooms. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal hours.
A picnic area with pit toilets is located 0.25 mile south of the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station.
Rio Grande Village Visitor Center
Did You Know?
Established in 1956, the Big Bend Natural History Association operates bookstores in all the visitor centers in Big Bend National Park. During that time they have contributed $1.8 million dollars to support the mission of the National Park Service at Big Bend National Park and Amistad NRA. More...