Splendid Isolation: Big Bend

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend...

Big Bend Covid-19 Updates

Big Bend Covid-19 Updates

Latest updates, status, and details of Big Bend's operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current Conditions

Current Conditions

Current weather, river levels, webcam view, visibility, and air quality readings.

Santa Elena Canyon at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

Suggested Itineraries

Big Bend has lots to explore! Use these suggested itineraries to help get the most out of your visit.

Big Bend Camping

Big Bend Camping

There are four developed campgrounds in Big Bend National Park, and primitive backcountry camping too.

Day Hikes

Day Hikes

Big Bend is a hiker's paradise. More than 150 miles of desert and mountains trails to explore!

Take a scenic drive to explore the park.

Scenic Drives

Hit the road and explore the park's gorgeous vistas. Paved highways and dirt roads provide access to an incredible array of experiences.

Exploring the Big Bend Backcountry

Exploring the Backcountry

Big Bend's vast areas provide excellent opportunities for solitude, wilderness, and adventure. Backpacking, river trips, primitive camping.



Delve into the park's flora and fauna, geology, ecosystems, and other natural features.


Park Bookstore

Prepare for your visit and learn about the park with books, maps, and guides from the Big Bend Natural History Association.

Last updated: June 17, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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



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