Big Bend's vast undeveloped areas provide excellent opportunities for backcountry experiences if you seek solitude, wilderness, and adventure! Use the information on the pages below to learn more about the types of backcountry use and planing and preparation for your next trip.
Visitors planning on backpacking with large groups should be aware of the backpacking group size limit. An organized group or individual party may not exceed a 15 person limit. There are only two Chisos Mountains campsites that can accomodate a group this size: it may be necessary to split the group to other campsites. As permits are issued only on a first-come, first-served basis, it is best to plan ahead and have alternative iteneraries in mind, especially during peak visitation periods.
Things to Know
Knowledge and preparation can increase your comfort level and reduce your chances of injury.
Backcountry Food Storage
Backcountry Water Sources
Be a steward of the land; during your visit to Big Bend, do everything you can to minimize your impact on the desert landscape.
Solo Hikers & BoatersGoing solo? Fill out a solo hiker/boater form as a backup safety precaution.