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 species diversity is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend... Read More

A hiker gazes into the vast desert and mountains of Big Bend.
Plan Your Visit

Outdoor adventure, wide open spaces, camping, hiking, scenic drives. Where to begin?

Blooming sage and distant mountains.
Learn About Your Park

Nature, history, plants, geology, fossils, birds, and more! What's so special about Big Bend?

Green ocotillo plants frame a distant desert view.
Big Bend Top Ten Tips

Be prepared for summer in the desert. Remote, beautiful, and HOT.

A rainbow frames the mountains of Big Bend.
Current Conditions

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

The Rio Grande winds its way through canyons and desert.
Suggested Itineraries

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

Campsite with shade structure in the Chisos Basin.
Big Bend Camping

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

A hiker enjoys majestic views in the Chisos Mountains.
Day Hikes

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

Collared peccary, or Javelina, posing next to a prickly pear cactus.

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

A pyrrhuloxia resting on mesquite branches.
Big Bend Birds

Big Bend is a world-famous location for birds and birdwatching. Learn more about the feathered wonders of Big Bend.

A paved scenic drive winds its way through rugged desert landscapes.
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.

View of the many books for sale in the Panther Junction Visitor Center.
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: April 26, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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



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