Plan Your Visit

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 300,000 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 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 near the Castolon Historic District, 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 the 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: October 11, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(432) 477-2251

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