Visitor Centers

Panther Junction Visitor Center
Panther Junction Visitor Center

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Panther Junction Visitor Center

Open all year, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Reduced hours on Christmas day.

Located at park headquarters, Panther Junction Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal business hours, and entrance fees can be paid at the visitor center. Interactive exhibits provide an overview of geology and natural and cultural histories of the park. The visitor center also has a theater, with a park orientation movie shown every 30 minutes, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The visitor center complex includes a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, U.S. Post Office, and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers. The Panther Path, a self-guided nature trail, begins adjacent to the porch of the visitor center.

The Panther Junction Service Station, 300 yards west of the visitor center, is open every day. The station offers gas, diesel, as well as groceries.

Chisos Basin Visitor Center

Open all year, 8:30 am-4:00 pm. Closed for lunch. Reduced hours on Christmas day.
The Chisos Basin Visitor Center is located in the Basin developed area, adjacent to the parking lot. Chisos Mountains trailhead is 100 yards to the west of the visitor center. The Basin Visitor Center includes interactive exhibits on plants, animals, and birds found in the Chisos Mountains. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal business hours, and entrance fees can be paid at the visitor center. A Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and restrooms are located at the visitor center. A water faucet is available on the east side of the building for filling personal water containers.

 

Castolon Visitor Center

Open seasonally, November 1 through April 30, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Closed for lunch.

Castolon Visitor Center has exhibits on the multi-faceted history of this border region. River use permits are issued during normal business hours, and entrance fees can be paid at the Castolon Visitor Center. The Castolon Visitor Center has a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and nearby restrooms. Nearby, the historic Magdalena House provides wonderful new exhibits showcasing the early days of Castolon, and what it was like to live and work in this bi-national, bi-cultural community defined by the Rio Grande and isolation.

Note: Due to the 2019 Castolon Fire, for the 2019-20 season, the visitor center will be temporarily located in the Officer's Quarters building, across the parade ground from the La Harmonia site. Expected opening is mid-November 2019. The future site of the visitor center will be the historic Garlick House, located behind the Magdalena House exhibit building.

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

Open seasonally, November 1 through April 30, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Closed for lunch.

Located at the north entrance to the park, Persimmon Gap Visitor Center offers park orientation and information. The visitor center has exhibits, bookstore, mini-theater, and restrooms. River use permits are issued during normal business hours, and entrance fees can be paid at the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center.

 

Rio Grande Village Visitor Center

Open seasonally, November through April, 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Closed for lunch.

Rio Grande Village Visitor Center is located 0.25 miles north of the Rio Grande Village developed area. New exhibits focus on the Rio Grande (how it has changed over time, how the National Park Service works with our Mexican counterparts to protect and care for it, and the rich assemblage of species that it supports). An outdoor ramada showcases a large raised-relief map of the area, and life-sized bronze sculptures showcase some of the area's special wildlife. River use permits are issued during normal business hours. Out front, a small desert garden provides an overview of Chihuahuan Desert plants. Rio Grande Village Visitor Center includes a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers.

 

Last updated: November 15, 2019

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