Where Does Your Money Go?
Big Bend participates in the congressionally authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, parks keep 80% of all fees collected; the remaining 20% will be deposited in a special account to be used in parks where fees are not collected.
Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects the parks have been unable to fund through yearly Congressional allocations. Your entrance and campground fees help Big Bend National Park complete important projects that directly benefit you and other park visitors.
Projects made possible with your fees:
- Upgrade Backcountry Composting Toilets
- Upgrade Public Restroom at Castolon
- Resurface Fossil Discovery Trail
- Rehabilitate Comfort Stations in Chisos Basin Campground
- Install Food Storage Boxes at Backcountry Roadsite Campsites
- Remove River Cane Along Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
- Install Vault Toilets at Maverick and Persimmon Gap Entrance Stations
- Improve Backcountry Campsites in the Chisos Mountains
- Replace Tile Roofs on Two Historic Cottages
- Replace Way Finding Signs Parkwide
- Upgrade Cottonwood Campground Irrigation System