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 daily.
Do I Need to Make Reservations?
Big Bend is a remote place, and visitation is burgeoning. Gone are the days when visitors could simply show up and arrange for camping and lodging. Always make arrangements before traveling here. All park campgrounds REQUIRE reservations.
Plan Ahead! Advance reservations for campsites are required. There is NO first come, first served camping available at park campgrounds.
The Chisos Mountains Lodge, operated by Aramark, 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 accepts reservations year-round.
A selection of primitive roadside and Chisos Mountains backpacking campsites are available for online permitting up to 180 days in advance through www.recreation.gov. Plan ahead. There is no "boondocking" or "dispersed camping" in Big Bend National Park.
From guided trips, equipment rental, shuttle services, tours, horseback riding, and more, there are a variety of services available in the local area.
Backcountry Use Permits
Last updated: July 10, 2022