Wilderness Camping

Mesa de Anguila
Mesa de Anguila

NPS Photo/Reine Wonite

Wilderness camping permits are available for visitors who wish to backpack overnight in areas of the park that do not have designated campsites. Consult published hiking guides or inquire with a permitting ranger for more information.

Things to Know

  • Permits are required for all backcountry camping.
  • You must specify a destination for for each night of your itinerary.
  • Individual group size is limited to 15 people. Larger groups must split up and may not camp in adjacent backountry zones.

Wilderness Camping Area Map
Map of wilderness camping zones with names, codes, and capacities. Formatted to fit on legal-size paper.


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: July 23, 2018

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


(432) 477-2251

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