Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

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 to the porch of the visitor center.


Available Facilities:

Backcountry camping and river use permits can be issued from the Visitor Center during normal hours. Big Bend Natural History Association Bookstore, U.S. Post Office, Public Phone, and Restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers.

Chisos Basin Visitor Center

Open All Year

November to March 8am - 3:30pm

April to November 9am - 4:30pm

Closed one hour for lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm

Reduced hours on Christmas day.


The Chisos Basin Visitor Center is located in the Basin developed area, adjacent to the parking lot. The Chisos Mountains trailhead is 100 yards to the west of the Visitor Center.


Exhibits:

Visitor Center exhibits on the peregrine falcon, black bear, and mountain lion provide more information on these species' lives in the Chisos Mountains.


Available Facilities:

Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and restrooms. Backcountry camping permits can be issued from the Visitor Center during normal hours. A water faucet is available on the east side of the building for filling personal water containers.

Open Seasonally:


Rio Grande Village Visitor Center

November through April 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

May through October Closed


The Visitor Center is located a quarter-mile to the north of the Rio Grande Village developed area.


Exhibits:

Learn more about animal life along the Rio Grande; exhibits explore bats and other animals that call the Big Bend home. Find out more about the endangered Big Bend Gambusia, a fish found only in the park. In front of the Visitor Center a small desert garden provides an excellent overview of the plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. A mini-theater is also available for viewing Big Bend videos.


Available Facilities:

Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, public phone and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers. Backcountry and river use permits can be issued from the Visitor Center during normal hours. Entrance fees can be paid at the Rio Grande Village Visitor Center.


Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

Open All Year 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.


The Persimmon Gap Visitor Center is located adjacent to the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station at the north entrance to the park.


Exhibits:

Exhibits in the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center provide an orientation to the common visitor experience at Big Bend. Learn more about how to prepare for backcountry hiking and camping and what to expect if you attempt a river trip.


Available Facilities:

Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, public phone and restrooms. Backcountry and river use permits can be issued from the Visitor Center during normal hours. A picnic area with pit toilets is located 1/4 mile south of the entrance station.


Castolon Visitor Center

November through April 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Closed for lunch)

May through October Closed.


The visitor center is located in the east end of the historic "La Harmonia" store building at Castolon.


Exhibits:

Visitor center exhibits relate the history of the Castolon area from 1901 through 1961 by way of historic photos, written narrative and hands-on items. Additional exhibits can be viewed in the Magdelena House, just a short distance from the Visitor Center.


Available Facilities:

The Castolon Visitor Center features a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore and nearby restrooms. Backcountry camping permits and river use permits can be obtained at the visitor center during normal hours. Entrance fees can be paid at the Castolon Visitor Center.


NOTE: All visitor center hours subject to change.


CONCESSION HOURS


Hours are subject to change without notice. For more information, please contact the Forever Resorts at 432 477-2291

   OPEN  CLOSE

Castolon Store 10:00 AM 6:00 PM

Panther Junction Service Station

(Fuel available 24 hours with Visa/Mastercard and PIN number) 7:00 AM 7:00 PM

Rio Grande Village Store 8:00 AM 7:00 PM

Rio Grande Village Showers 8:00 AM 8:00 PM

Rio Grande Village Laundry 8:00 AM 7:00 PM

Chisos Basin Store 8:00 AM 9:00 PM

Chisos Mountains Lodge Desk 7:00 AM 9:00 PM


Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant 

Breakfast   7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Lunch      11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dinner                5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PHONE SERVICES

Public Phones

Public phones are located in all developed areas at visitor centers, campgrounds, camper stores, and the Chisos Mountains Lodge.


Cell Phones

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.