• Santa Elena Canyon

    Rio Grande

    Wild & Scenic River Texas


Panther Junction Visitor Center
Panther Junction Visitor Center
NPS Photo\Cookie Ballou

Backcountry Use Permits

  • A Backcountry Use Permit is required for day use and overnight use on all sections of the Rio Grande administered by the National Park Service. Backcountry Use Permits must be obtained in person at one of the Big Bend National Park visitor centers during normal operating hours, and may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of the trip. A backcountry use fee of $10.00 per permit is charged for all overnight use.
  • Backcountry use permits for Santa Elena Canyon (only) may also be obtained at the Barton Warnock Environmental Center.

Fishing Permits

A 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?

Park Rangers and Border Patrol

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.