Splendid Isolation, the 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...

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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating Hours & Seasons

Hours and seasons for Big Bend facilities

Recommendations for visiting during busy times.

Advice for Busy Times

Planning on visiting Big Bend? You're not alone! Come prepared in the event the park is busy and the campsites are full.

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.

Join A Ranger!

Ranger Programs

Discover the many stories of Big Bend. Join a park ranger for fun, informative, and free guided programs.

Exploring the Big Bend Backcountry

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.

Visit the Fossil Discovery Exhibit to learn about Big Bend's fascinating fossil record.

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: June 3, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(432) 477-2251

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