Backcountry camping permits are available for visitors interested in hiking the park's long-distance desert trails. Consult published hiking guides or inquire with a permitting ranger more information.
Things to Know
Map of backcountry camping areas with names, codes, and capacities. Formatted to fit on legal-size paper.
Hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, Mesa de Anguila, or the Marufo Vega Trail
The most remote areas of Big Bend National Park are best left to experienced backpackers. Each year park rangers respond to desert emergencies when hikers are not prepared for the heat and extreme conditions of the desert.
Due to complex topography and vague trails topographical maps and a compass are suggested for some hikes.