When is Big Bend Busy?
Once relatively unknown, Big Bend National Park is now experiencing a major increase in visitation and with it a greater demand for both frontcountry and backcountry camping. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in even more visitors discovering the qualities of this special place. The primary visitor season is October through April. Thanksgiving, Christmas-New Years, Spring Break, and all holiday weekends see the most visitors.
Traffic Control and Limited Parking
Be Prepared For Full Campgrounds
There are NO overflow campsites or "boondocking" in Big Bend National Park, and no nearby public lands outside the park.
What should I do if the park is full when I arrive?
There are several options for staying in private campgrounds outside of the park near both park entrances. For a listing of area lodging options, visit the VisitBigBend.com website.
Last updated: December 13, 2022