Wilderness Camping

Mesa de Anguila
Mesa de Anguila

NPS Photo/Reine Wonite

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

  • Permits are required for all backcountry camping.
  • 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 backountry areas.
Backcountry Camping Area Map (220k PDF)
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.

Last updated: May 11, 2017

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


(432) 477-2251

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