Things To Do

With over 100 miles of paved roads, 150 miles of dirt roads, and about 200 miles of hiking trails the park offers nearly limitless opportunities for scenic driving, hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, wildlife observation, and stargazing. Additionally, the Rio Grande borders the park for 118 miles providing options for half-day floats to extended excursion by raft, canoe, or kayak.
Santa Elena Canyon at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.
Suggested Itineraries

Big Bend has lots to explore! Use these suggested itineraries to help get the most out of your visit.

Big Bend Top Ten Tips
Big Bend Top Ten Tips

Be prepared for summer in the desert. Remote, beautiful, and HOT.


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Interpretive Program

Join A Park Ranger: Guided Programs

Fun, Informative, and FREE. Discover the fascinating nature, science, history, and culture of Big Bend National Park with a ranger as your guide. Check the weekly schedules of Ranger-led programs posted throughout the park.

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    Last updated: June 8, 2022

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



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