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.
Big Bend is a hiker's paradise containing the largest expanse of roadless public lands in Texas. More than 150 miles of trails offer opportunities for day hikes or backpacking trips. Visit the day hikes page for more information.
Backcountry UseVast undeveloped areas in Big Bend National Park provide excellent opportunities for backpacking, river trips, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Visit the backcountry use page for more information.
River TripsBig Bend offers a variety of river adventures. Enjoy a day trip, or plan an extended float through spectacular limestone canyons.Check out our river trips page to plan YOUR experience.
Big Bend's position near the 100th meridian in the middle of the continent and along a migration route makes the park ideal for bird diversity throughout the year. Visit the birding page for more information.
Join A Park Ranger: Guided ProgramsFun, 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.
100 miles of paved roads and 150 miles of dirt roads connect the desert to the mountains and the river and offer exceptional ways to explore the park by vehicle. Visit the scenic drives page for more information.
On the clearest nights, more than 2,500 stars are visible to the naked eye! Visit the stargazing page for more information.
Last updated: March 29, 2019