Some of the desert areas of Big Bend National Park are open to wilderness backpacking. A backcountry permit is required. Prospective desert backpackers will need to have all the gear necessary for a safe trip, and be prepared to describe a detailed itinerary to a park ranger. There are limits to the number of backpackers allowed in each area, and a variety of backcountry regulations that must be followed.
Things to Know
Hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, Mesa de Anguila, or the Marufo Vega Trail
The most remote areas of Big Bend National Park are best left to experienced backpackers. Each year park rangers respond to desert emergencies when hikers are not prepared for the heat and extreme conditions of the desert.
Due to complex topography and vague trails topographical maps and a compass are suggested for some hikes.
Last updated: January 2, 2020