Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Famed Big Bend border crossing reopening in 2012

January 10, 2011, 7:43 am

Beginning in April 2012, visitors to Big Bend National Park will once again be allowed to legally travel back and forth between the U.S and Mexico at the Boquillas crossing — once famous for its bi-national community, with tourists regularly traveling by boat across the Rio Grande for a burro ride and a beer, and Mexican residents crossing over to shop for groceries.

Construction on facilities at the crossing, near the park's eastern edge and within sight of the Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen, will begin this summer.

Across the Rio Grande, residents of Boquillas can only hope their town survives long enough to see the crossing reopened.

It will be an unmanned crossing with a facility where those entering the U.S. will electronically submit their documents to immigration officials at a remote location, Bersin said.

The U.S. National Park Service will build an information center and bathrooms, and the crossing itself will return to the boat crossing it historically has been.