Backcountry Use

Hiker enjoying the view from the South Rim of the Chisos.
Hiker enjoying the view from the South Rim of the Chisos.

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Big Bend's vast undeveloped areas provide excellent opportunities for backcountry experiences if you seek solitude, wilderness, and adventure! Use the information on the pages below to learn more about the types of backcountry use and planning and preparation for your next trip.

Coming to Big Bend with a large group?

Visitors planning on backpacking with large groups should be aware of the backpacking group size limit.
An organized group or individual party may not exceed a 15 person limit.

  • In the Chisos Mountains: There is only one Chisos backpacking campsite that can accommodate a group this size: it may be necessary to split the group to other campsites. Groups may split into separate campsites - however the 15 person size limit per group cannot be exceeded.
  • In the desert: Groups over 15 people will also need to split up and backpack into separate, non-adjacent zones

Choose Your Backcountry Adventure


Prepare for your Adventure

Last updated: February 23, 2024

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