Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Information

Big Bend National Park Country  United States
Big Bend National Park State  Texas
Big Bend National Park Region Chihuahuan Desert
Big Bend National Park City Alpine (nearest)
Big Bend National Park River Rio Grande
Big Bend National Park Location Brewster County, Texas
 - coordinates 29°15′0″N 103°15′0″W
Big Bend National Park Highest Point  
 - location Emory Peak, Chisos Mountains
 - elevation 7,832 ft (2,387 m)
Big Bend National Park Lowest Point  
 - location Rio Grande
 - elevation 1,800 ft (549 m)
Big Bend National Park Area 801,163 acres (324,219 ha)
Big Bend National Park Founded June 12, 1944
Big Bend National Park Management National Park Service
Big Bend National Park Visitation 363,905 (2007)

Big Bend National Park Visitor Centers (Operating Hours)

Facility Dates Opened Hours Location
Castolon Seasonal 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Southwest corner of the park - 35 miles from Panther Junction
Chisos Basin All Year 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily
Closed for Lunch
Central area of park - 9 miles from Panther Junction / 35 miles from North Entrance
Panther Junction All Year 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
Closed on Christmas & New Years
Central area of the park - 26 miles from the North Entrance
Persimmon Gap Seasonal 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed for Lunch
At the North Entrance
Rio Grande Village Seasonal 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Southeast corner of the park - 20 miles from Panther Junction

Big Bend National Park Concession Operating Hours

  Open Close
Castolon Store 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
Panther Junction Service Station
(Fuel available 24 hours with Visa/Mastercard and PIN number)
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Rio Grande Village Store 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Rio Grande Village Showers 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
Rio Grande Village Laundry 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
Chisos Basin Store 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Chisos Mountains Lodge Desk 7:00 AM 9:00 PM

Big Bend National Park Ranger Activities

Activity Length
AM Guided Hike 1 mile. 1.5 hours
PM Evening Slide Program 1 hour
PM Evening Get Together 1 hour
Morning Birding Walk 2 hours
Evening Slide Program 1 hour
Morning Talk 45 min

Big Bend National Park Campgrounds

Campground Open Sites Dump Station Laundry Showers Groceries Service Station Approx Fill Time RV Length Fee
Chisos Basin All Year 63 Yes No No Yes No Early 24' $ 10.00
Cottonwood All Year 31 No No No Yes No Early Unk $ 10.00
Rio Grande Village All Year 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Early Unk $ 10.00
Rio Grande Village RV Park All Year 25 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Early Unk $ 18.00

 

Campground Elevation    Sites  Fee Facilities Registration
Chisos Basin 5,401 ft.    60        $14* flush toilets, dump station self-pay
Cottonwood 2,169 ft. 35 $14* Pit toilets,
generato use not allowed
self-pay
Rio Grande Village 1,850 ft. 100 $14* flush toilets, dump station self-pay
Rio Grande Village RV 1,850 ft. 25 Starts at $26.00 Full hookups at RGV camp store

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

Panther Path Fifty-Yard, Loop Trail
Lost Mine Trail 4.8 Miles, Round Trip
Castolon Historic Compound 0.25 Mile
Santa Elena Canyon Trail 1.7 Miles, Round Trip

Big Bend National Park Entrance Fees

Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 15.00 (7 Day Pass)
Individual Entry $ 5.00 (7 Day Pass)
Big Bend Park Pass $ 30.00 (1 Year - Unlimited Entry)
Gold Access Pass (Blind or permanently disabled individuals) Free (Lifetime - good in all natl parks)
Golden Age Pass (1 time fee - for those 62+) $ 10.00 (Lifetime - good in all natl parks)
National Park Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 50.00 (good in all natl parks)
Golden Eagle Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 15.00 (good in all natl forests)