Government Shutdown

Important Notice to Park Visitors

There has been a lapse in federal appropriations.

During the government shutdown, Big Bend National Park will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as always.

However, we regret that there will be NO visitor services provided.

 

ALL PARK REGULATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT
AND WILL BE ENFORCED.

 
Update 1/15/18

Using revenue from recreation fees, Big Bend National Park will resume routine basic custodial services and trash removal today. This will allow the re-opening of Old Maverick Road, Santa Elena Canyon trail, and restrooms/vault toilets that have previously been closed.

 
Update 1/14/18
Thanks to Big Bend Natural History Association, the Panther Junction Bookstore is now open.
Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Stop by for basic information and educational book sales.
No park ranger services available.
 
All NPS offices and contact stations remain closed.

We are unable to issue permits, conduct educational programs, staff visitor centers, campground check-in/check out, maintain roads or trails, or provide visitor information and trip planning.

Emergency services remain available, but response times may be delayed.

Camping

  • Chisos Basin, Rio Grande Village, and Cottonwood Campgrounds are closed.

  • There is NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING in Big Bend National Park at this time.

  • There is one exception: The Rio Grande Village RV hookups camping area, operated by Forever Resorts remains open.

  • Permits are required for ALL backcountry camping.
    No additional permits will be issued during the shutdown.

Closures

  • The Boquillas Port of Entry remains closed.

  • Visitors should be prepared for additional closures without warning.
  • Please help us keep YOUR PARK clean and open for enjoyment by removing your own trash, including toilet paper.

Concessions Operations

  • The Chisos Mountains Lodge operated by Forever Resorts will remain open.
  • The Rio Grande Village RV hookups camping area, operated by Forever Resorts will remain open.
  • Camper stores at the Chisos Basin, Panther Junction, Rio Grande Village, and Castolon will remain open.
  • Service Stations at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village will remain open.
 
Please use caution while enjoying your park.

In case of emergency, call 911

 

ALL PARK REGULATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT
AND WILL BE ENFORCED.

Last updated: January 15, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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