Plan Your Visit

Morning Light
Morning light along the drive to Rio Grande Village

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

Once a remote and seemingly inhospitable area reached only by miles of dirt roads, Big Bend has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the state of Texas, visited by an average of 450,000 visitors each year. Scenic vistas, diverse wildlife, historic sites, and border culture rank among the features visitors enjoy in Big Bend.
Download our Visitor Guide, The Paisano, for comprehensive information about visiting Big Bend National Park.
Panther Junction Visitor Center

Be Sure to Stop at the Panther Junction Visitor Center

For information, orientation, exhibits, park video, maps, books, and free brochures, the Panther Junction Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is a great place to start your adventure.
Tent Camping

Camping Options

The National Park Service operates three developed campgrounds: Chisos Basin Campground, Cottonwood Campground, and Rio Grande Village Campground. The concession-operated Rio Grande Village RV Campground (with full hook-ups) is also located at Rio Grande Village. Visit our camping page for more information.

Chisos Basin Lodge

Lodging in the Chisos Basin

The Chisos Mountains Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, Inc., is located in the Chisos Basin at 5,400 feet elevation. The lodge offers a variety of rooms and cottages, plus a gift shop and dining room. The lodge is open year-round.
Boquillas Canyon Overlook

Local Outfitters

Local outfitters offer a variety of services including shuttles, equipment rentals, guided trips and scenic flights.

Last updated: March 29, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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



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