Backcountry Use Permits
Fishing PermitsA State fishing license is not required in Big Bend National Park, but a free NPS fishing permit (obtained from a visitor center) is required.A state license is required on the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River outside the Park.
Did You Know?
Since 2000, the number of undocumented aliens apprehended attempting to cross through the area of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River has risen from 120 to 1200 annually. This traffic results in negative impacts on park resources, including erosion and trash.