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.
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.
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.
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.
Ranger-led ProgramsLearn more about the nature, science, history, and culture of Big Bend National Park with a ranger as your guide. Weekly schedules of Ranger-led programs are posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards 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, around 2,000 stars are visible to the naked eye! Visit the stargazing page for more information.
Last updated: March 2, 2018