Alerts & Conditions



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  • All Park Facilities are Open
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Do not attempt Big Bend's primitive dirt roads with an inappropriate vehicle.


  • Bridge work on the lower Tornillo Creek Bridge may result in slight (up to 15 minute) delays. Thanks for being patient.
  • Old Ore Road is extremely rough and only suitable for the most rugged of vehicles. Never leave the pavement without full 4x4 capability with good tires, good spare, jack, and water. No cars, minivans, or RVs.
  • Travel on primitive dirt roads requires High Clearance AND true Four-Wheel Drive. These roads are NOT passable to passenger cars, minivans, motorhomes, and tiny crossover SUVs.

Hiking Trails

  • Santa Elena Canyon Trail:
    To access the Santa Elena Canyon Trail, hikers must first cross the bed of Terlingua Creek, and climb a short but steep bank. Conditions change constantly at this location. Depending upon recent rainfall, Terlingua Creek may be dry sand, thick mud, or flowing water. Carefully assess conditions and your abilities before attempting to cross. If water levels are too high, do NOT attempt to cross.
Terlingua Creek Crossing 2-1-24
Current Status 2-1-24 of the Terlingua Creek Crossing at Santa Elena Canyon. This is subject to change with any area precipitation. Carefully assess your abilities before attempting to cross the creek and climb the sandy bank.


  • The Tuff Canyon Overlooks and Trail are CLOSED due to a rockfall and potentially unstable slopes. It will remain closed until it is carefully evaluated for safety.
  • Temporary Trail Closure to Protect Nesting Falcons
    From February 1st through May 31st, a portion of the East Rim Trail in the Chisos Mountains will be closed to protect nesting falcons. The closure includes East Rim backpacking campsites ER-4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. More info and map

Helpful Information

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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



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