Basic Information

Chisos Mountains
Chisos Mountains

NPS Photo/Blake Trester

 
From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and an ever-changing river. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States.
 
Hikers
Peak Visitation
Big Bend's busy season is generally November through April, and the park camping and lodging is often full to capacity during 3-day holiday weekends, Thanksgiving week, the Christmas holiday season, and spring break (mid March). Advance reservations for camping and lodging are highly recommended. To maximize your visit, plan ahead and have a flexible itinerary.
 
Dog on Vacation
Pets in the Park
Having a pet with you will limit some of your activities and explorations in the park. In addition, desert temperatures and predators are a serious threat to your pet's well being. For more information visit the pets page.
 
Mexican Crafts
Visiting a Border Area
The Rio Grande serves as the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. A passport is required for entry into Mexico. For more information visit the border travel page.
 
Lightning Storm
Weather
Big Bend has mild winters and hot summers. The weather is generally sunny but come prepared for changing conditions. For more information visit the weather page.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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