Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Overview / Map of Big Bend

In A Nutshell

Entrance Passes If you plan to visit other national parks, you may want to purchase an Interagency Annual Pass. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and age 62 or older, you may qualify for a Senior Pass. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a ...

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Visitor Services

VISITOR CENTERS Open All Year: Panther Junction Visitor Center Open All Year 8:00am - 6:00pm Phone: (432) 477-2251 The Panther Junction Visitor Center is located at Panther Junction. Exhibits: Exhibits provide an overview to the complex geology, natural and cultural histories that are present at Big Bend. The Panther Path, a self-guided nature trail begins adjacent ...

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International Boundary

Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas. For more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the international boundary between Mexico and the United States; Big Bend National Park administers approximately one-quarter of that boundary. Within the 118 twisting miles that also define the ...

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At A Glance

Park Phone Numbers General Numbers National Park Service (general information) 477-2251 Big Bend Natural History Association (seminar programs and books sales) 477-2236 Big Bend/Forever Resorts, Inc. (concession facilities and services) 477-2291 477- ...

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Average Temperature & Rainfall

The table below is based on average temperatures at the Panther Junction park headquarters. Temperatures in the higher mountain areas vary about 5-10 degrees below those shown, while temperatures along the Rio Grande can be 5-10 degrees higher. Sunshine is abundant most of the year. Infrequent and brief periods ...

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Welcome to Big Bend National Park

"A land of strong beauty—often savage and always imposing." Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour's drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of ...

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Planning Your Visit to Big Bend

While the isolation of Big Bend National Park is a drawing point for many visitors, it also means that your trip must be well prepared and carefully planned.   Operating Hours & Seasons:   The park is open 24 hours daily, all year. The Panther Junction Visitor Center is open daily, 8:00 a.m. ...

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Visitor Services

Banking Services It is advisable to bring small bills ($1, $5, $10, $20) since larger bills can be difficult to change. Entrance fees and camping fees may also be paid with major credit cards or traveler's check. Most stores accept major credit cards and traveler's checks. The nearest bank is located ...

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Before You Visit Big Bend

Here are some things you might want to know about Big Bend National and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River before you visit the area.  * At over 800,000 acres, Big Bend is the 15th largest National Park in the United States.  * Contrary to conventional wisdom, the later summer ...

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