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General Information

Big Bend is one of the largest and least visited of America’s national parks.
The name is from the great U-turn the Rio Grande makes here in southwest Texas. The Rio Grande and massive canyons, vast desert expanses, and the entire Chisos Mountain range are three major ecosystems of the park.

Official Big Bend National Park Service website:
Must See. The most in-depth information about Big Bend national park, trip planning, FAQ.

Visit Big Bend:
Introduce the Big Bend natural history, point of interest, etc.

"Unofficial" Big Bend National Park website:
By John William Uhler. Very detail information.

Attention: Big Bend National Park is at US-Mexico Border. There are border patrols on each major road. So bring your original passport, visa and any other legal resident documents with you, not only drive license.

When to Go

Best visit time -- Early Spring and Fall because of its mild temperatures. Early spring with enough rainfalls, the desert blooms stunningly.

General weather information.
Ten day forecast and sunset/sunrise time.
Five days weather forest with local radar.


At least two days:
Panther Junction to the Chisos Basin -- 10 Miles one way, at least a half day.
Panther Junction to Persimmon Gap -- 26 Miles, 2 hours.
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive: Santa Elena Junction to Santa Elena Canyon -- 30 Miles one way, a half to full day. up



Total 3 campgrounds are inside the Big Bend National Park.

Rio Grande Villageand the Chisos Basin Campground are open year-round. Reservations can be made 240 days in advance for camping time between November 15 to April 15. through

Castolon Campground is open all-year, first come first serve.

Backcountry permit is required for overnight backcountry camping. You can obtain in person at park visitor centers up to 24 hours in advance

Official Big Bend Camping Website.

Lodges and Hotels:

Inside the park:

Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only lodging inside the park, operated by Forever Resorts. on-line reservation request On-line reservation request.

Gateway outside the park:

Alpine Chamber of Commerce.

Marathon Texas.

Lodging at Terlingua/Study Butte, Lajitas and Secluded Hide-aways up

This Big Bend National Park Travel Vacation Guide site was most recently updated on 12/20/04. Keywords: Big Bend National Park.