If you have a high-clearance, four wheel drive vehicle, Big Bend's primitive dirt roads provide many opportunities to get off the beaten path and explore the remote corners of this park. Some of these roads traverse bedrock and washes, making them extremely rough. A slow speed is mandatory for safe passage. Be prepared with plenty of water, a jack, and good spare tire. On these isolated, infrequently patrolled backcountry roads, a disabled vehicle can become a life-threatening situation.
Protect Big Bend. Always stay on established roadways. OFF ROAD DRIVING IS PROHIBITED.
The effects of off-road driving last up to 50 years, and result in compacted soils, heavy erosion, and destroyed vegetation.
Thank you for helping to keep Big Bend National Park's ecosystem healthy.
Guide to Backcountry Roads of Big Bend National Park
Last updated: May 25, 2020