Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Rules / Safety in Big Bend

Park Regulations & Safety

Cell Phones Don't Depend on it Limited cell phone coverage is available in the Big Bend area. Reception depends on both the service you use and your location within the park; lower elevations and mountains often block signals. Do not depend on your phone to work in the Chisos Basin or ...

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Park Safety

Big Bend is unfamiliar country to most visitors, yet it need not be dangerous. Whether hiking the high country, rafting the Rio Grande, observing wildlife, or simply driving the scenic roads of this wilderness park, let safety be your constant companion. Spend a moment reviewing these common safety concerns ...

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Backcountry Regulations

BACKCOUNTRY REGULATIONS   You are responsible for protecting the resources of your park; these regulations are enforced.   1. GROUNDFIRES AND WOODFIRES ARE PROHIBITED. Use only gas stoves or charcoal within a BBQ grill. Pack out all evidence of use. Note: charcoal fires are only allowed at backcountry roadside campsites and not allowed in ...

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River Equipment

Required Equipment A Park Ranger may inspect your boat for required equipment while you are on the river. The following equipment is essential for a safe river trip:   * Boat--Canoes, kayaks, or heavy duty inflatable rafts. * Life jackets--One U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket per person. Must be worn on class ...

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Big Bend Rules & Regulations

PERMITS   Backcountry Permits Backcountry Use Permits are required for all backcountry overnight camping, horse/stock use, and river use. Permits are obtainable at all visitor centers. Backcountry permits must be obtained in person at park visitor centers up to 24 hours in advance of the trip.   A backcountry use fee of $10.00 per ...

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