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Temporary Closure of the Lost Mine Trail

Bear along lost mine trail

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News Release Date: October 12, 2018

Contact: Raymond Skiles, Wildlife Biologist, 432-477-1145

Contact: Tom VandenBerg, Information Officer, 432-477-1107

NOTICE: The Lost Mine Trail has re-opened as of November 1, 2018

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TX – Big Bend National Park is temporarily closing the popular Lost Mine Trail area due to increased bear activity.

The closure will begin the evening of October 12, and continue until further notice.

The closure includes the trail, trailhead, parking area, and north facing slope of Casa Grande Peak. Alternative areas for hiking and camping in the Chisos Mountains and throughout the park remain open to the public for normal use.

The Chisos Mountain range is home to a healthy black bear population, and this year’s rains have resulted in abundant pine and oak nut production. Bears must feed heavily during the fall months and depend upon these vital food sources to prepare for their winter denning period. 

According to Superintendent Bob Krumenaker, "During this period of heightened bear activity, we want to ensure the safety of both park visitors and the bears. This is a wildlife sanctuary, so we'll give bears the space they need until they're finished feeding in this area. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of park visitors, despite the inconvenience."

Last updated: November 8, 2018

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Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129


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