Wilderness Camping

Mesa de Anguila
Mesa de Anguila

NPS Photo/Reine Wonite

Wilderness camping is available for visitors interested in hiking the park's long-distance desert trails such as Marufo Vega or on the Mesa de Anguila. Inquire with a permitting ranger more information on wilderness camping.

Things to Know

  • Wilderness camping requires a backcountry permit.
  • You must specify a destination for for each night of your itinerary.
  • Individual group size is limited to 15 people. Larger groups must split up, and may not camp in adjacent zones.
Backcountry Zone Map (220k PDF)
Map of backcountry zone 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 the complex topography and vague trails, detailed 7.5 minute topographical maps and a compass are necessary for most hikes.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(432) 477-2251

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