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...
Splendid Isolation, the Big Bend...
Big Bend has lots to explore! Use these suggested itineraries to help get the most out of your visit.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Hours and seasons for Big Bend facilities
Advice for Busy Times
Planning on visiting during Thanksgiving? You're not alone! Come prepared in the event the park is busy and the campsites are full.
Current Conditions and Seasonal Averages
Big Bend Weather
Hit the road and explore the park's gorgeous vistas. Paved highways and dirt roads provide access to an incredible array of experiences.
Discover the many stories of Big Bend. Join a park ranger for fun, informative, and free guided programs.
Exploring the Backcountry
Big Bend's vast areas provide excellent opportunities for solitude, wilderness, and adventure.
Plan your visit, and learn about the park with books, maps, and guides from the Big Bend Natural History Association.
Fascinating Fossil Discoveries
Visit the Fossil Discovery Exhibit to learn more about the geology of Big Bend and see some of the park's most amazing fossil finds.
Last updated: November 9, 2018