Permits & Reservations

Bird Watching Tour
Bird Watching Tour at Rio Grande Village

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Permits

Backcountry Use Permits
A Backcountry Use Permit must be obtained before participating in overnight backpacking, primitive camping, horse/stock use, and river use. Backcountry Use Permits are issued in person at Panther Junction and Chisos Basin visitor centers, and may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of the trip. As of February 2020, a selection of the most popular backcountry campsites (both Chisos Mountains Backpacking and Primitive Roadside Campsites) are available for online permitting up to 180 days in advance through www.recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777. A backcountry use fee of $10.00 per night is charged for all overnight use.

Special Use Permits
A Special Use Permit is required for nontraditional park use and activities such as weddings and groups of 40 or more hiking in the Chisos Mountains. Requests for a permit may be made by writing the Superintendent or calling the park 432-477-1108. Allow at least two weeks for processing. Fees may apply.

Commercial Use Authorization
Permits are required of all individuals, organizations or businesses who lead commercial trips within the National Park, or in other ways receive monetary gain or profit from commercial activities that take place within the park.

Commercial Filming Permits
Commercial filming and still photography require a film permit.

Fishing
A state fishing license is not required in Big Bend National Park, but a free fishing permit (obtained from a visitor center) is required. A state license is required on the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River located outside of the park boundary.

 

Reservations

Advance reservations for camping and lodging are highly recommended during the busy season—November through April, and during holidays.
 
Rio Grande Village Campground
Campground Reservations
Advance reservations for campsites are highly recommended during the busy season—November through April, and especially during peak visitation periods—Thanksgiving week, Christmas holiday season, and Spring Break.
 
Chisos Basin Lodge
Lodging Reservations
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 accepts reservations year-round.
 
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Backcountry Camping
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.
 
local outfitters rafting
Local Outfitters
From guided trips, equipment rental, shuttle services, tours, horseback riding, and more, there are a variety of services available in the local area.

Last updated: March 29, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

432-477-2251

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