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 400,000 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.
Be Sure to Stop at the Panther Junction Visitor CenterFor 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.
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 our camping page for more information.
Lodging in the Chisos BasinThe 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.
Local outfitters offer a variety of services including shuttles, equipment rentals, guided trips and scenic flights.
Last updated: January 3, 2020