Big Bend National Park COVID-19 Status & Updates

NOTE: Big Bend's phased re-opening is designed to gradually allow increased access, while maintaining employee, visitor, and local community safety, and to avoid overwhelming the area’s limited medical services. The NPS will monitor conditions, and expand or contract operations as health conditions warrant.
Thank you for your patience.

Social Distancing at Big Bend
Social Distancing, Big Bend style

Please note: Reservations are not needed to enter Big Bend National Park, but normal entrance fees will be collected at all park entrance stations. America the Beautiful Annual Passes, Senior Passes, and Access Passes will be honored. Entrance stations are open.

Face Coverings are required in all park buildings, facilities, and outside where social distancing is not possible.

Group sizes are limited to either EIGHT people or a single household.
This includes commercial tours and tour buses.





Closed Areas and Facilities

  • Chisos Basin closed due to South Rim Fire. This includes the road, campground, lodge, and Chisos trail system. Until Further Notice.
  • Hot Springs Historic area and all associated trails.
  • Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry to Mexico
  • Coin-operated showers
Stay safe. Wear a mask in park buildings, facilities, and outside where social distancing is not possible.

Current Changes to Park Operations:

Masks required (Federal Mandate)

Visitor Centers Closed to Entry
Outdoor Ranger Information Stations- open Daily

Stop by and meet a ranger, plan your visit, ask questions, get your park passport stamp, pick up a junior ranger book, and learn more about YOUR park. No park film at this time.
Panther Junction: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Big Bend Natural History Association:
Our Outdoor "Popup Bookstore" is open daily at Panther Junction during peak hours.
Stop by and browse our selection of educational materials and keepsakes. Trail guides, books, maps, hats, mugs, etc.
Or, purchase park maps, books, and educational souvenirs through the online bookstore at

Rio Grande Village: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Persimmon Gap: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Castolon: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Park Campgrounds

Rio Grande Village, Cottonwood
Chisos Basin Closed due to wildfire.

By Reservation only No first come-first served camping at this time. for reservations and to check on availability

Backcountry Camping

A backcountry permit is required for all backcountry camping and river trips.

  • Permits for most designated backcountry campsites (Chisos Backpacking Campsites & Primitive Roadside Campsites) are available online through
  • Chisos Mountains backpacking campsites currently closed due to South Rim Fire. Outer Mountain Loop backpacking closed at this time. Until further notice.
  • Permits for desert wilderness backpacking, river permits, and primitive roadside sites along the Maverick Road, Glenn Springs Road, and remote River Road are available in person only at Panther Junction and Chisos Basin Visitor Centers. NOTE: A rugged high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is required to access these campsites.

Rio Grande Village RV Park

Full RV Hookups. By reservation only. 75% capacity.
You MUST call 432-477-2293 to make arrangements

Chisos Mountains Lodge

Closed due to fire...until further notice

Limited availability. Reservations REQUIRED

Chisos Mountains Restaurant

Closed due to fire...until further notice

  • Meal delivery to registered lodge guests 12:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Limited grab and go service available to the public 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Last updated: April 11, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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



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