From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and an ever-changing river. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States.
The National Park Service Mobile App is a great tool for planning your trip, then it can be used as a guide during your visit. You can download the maps and content from Big Bend National Park for offline use. It’s especially handy if you’re exploring remote areas or concerned about data limits. Free and available now.
Big Bend's busy season is generally November through April, and the park camping and lodging is often full to capacity during 3-day holiday weekends, Thanksgiving week, the Christmas holiday season, and mid-January through mid-April. Advance reservations for camping and lodging are required. To maximize your visit, plan ahead and have a flexible itinerary during the park's busiest times.
Pets in the Park
Having a pet with you will limit some of your activities and explorations in the park. In addition, desert temperatures and predators are a serious threat to your pet's well being. For more information visit the pets page.
Visiting a Border Area
The Rio Grande serves as the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. A passport is required for entry into Mexico. For more information visit the border travel page.
Big Bend has mild winters and hot summers. The weather is generally sunny but come prepared for changing conditions. For more information visit the weather page.
Big Bend Fact Sheet
Just the Facts! How big is the big bend? How many animals live here? When was it established? How many employees? etc..
From guided trips, equipment rental, shuttle services, tours, horseback riding, and more, there are a variety of services available in the local area.
Internet and Cellular Access
Free, public WiFi is available at all park visitor centers, the Chisos Mountains Lodge, and the Rio Grande Village Store.
Big Bend is a fragile environment that relies on protection from all of us. Check out our Sustainability page to learn how you can be the best steward of this amazing place while you visit.
Last updated: May 4, 2023