Park Planning

Rio Grande Autumn
Rio Grande Autumn

NPS Photo/Blake Trester

National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide it in managing park resources. These documents can range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations, specific use-type such as backcountry or river use, to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of the park.

Park Plans

General Management Plan - approved May 2004
Backcountry Management Plan - approved December 1995 [5.12mb pdf file]
Comprehensive Interpretive Plan - approved October 2004 [252kb pdf file]
Fire Management Plan - approved October 2005 [3.02mb pdf file]
Recreational River Use Management Plan - approved March 1997 [3.68mb pdf file]

Replacement of Current Fossil Exhibits

Big Bend National Park has some of the most interesting and scientifically-important fossils in the National Park System, but the park's fossil exhibits are outdated and inadequate. The following is an overview of an upcoming project that will showcase some of the park's most impressive fossil and tell the story of Big Bend's changing environments over the past 130 million years.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129


(432) 477-2251

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