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:
- Reconstruction of the boardwalk on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
- Installation of a vault toilet at Hot Springs
Establishment of a visitor center at Castolon Historic District, with permanent exhibits
Improvements to river access boat ramps
Major expansion of the Panther Junction Visitor Center
New wayside exhibits throughout the park
Repair/rehab of amphitheaters