Your Dollars At Work

Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
Boardwalk at the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

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

Recycle Bin and Artwork
Recycling Bin and Recycled Metal Artwork

NPSPhoto/Matthew Yarbrough

Recycling Program

Big Bend National Park has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the National Park Service and the State of Texas. Started in the late 1990s, it has grown to the point that independent audits estimate over 90% of recyclable materials, and 40% of the park's total waste stream, are now being recycled.

The program has been recognized as not only being an outstanding example of NPS/concessioner cooperation, but also for the park's firm commitment to leading by example in this important area of conservation. more...

Last updated: March 3, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(432) 477-2251

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