Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

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 months are usually cooler. May and June are the hottest months of the year.

  * Throughout much of the year, solitude is easily found in Big Bend; March, April, and the winter holidays are generally the busiest times of year.

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 months are usually cooler. May and June are the hottest months of the year.

    * Throughout much of the year, solitude is easily found in Big Bend; March, April, and the winter holidays are generally the busiest times of year.

    * A small population of Mexican black bears reside in the Chisos Mountains; make sure to properly store your food to ensure that bears and other wild animals cannot obtain it.

    * Big Bend is located on the international boundary between the United States and Mexico.

    * Over two hundred miles of trails provide access to Big Bend's mountain, river, and desert environments.

    * Over 175 miles of unpaved roads provide access to Big Bend's spectacular backcountry.

    * The only ATM inside the park is located at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. Other banking options are limited.

    * The desert sun can be deadly. Always carry enough water when hiking; wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen are also excellent precautions.

    * Located in the Chisos Basin, the Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only lodging located within the park. Outside of the park numerous lodging options can be found in the Terlingua/Study Butte community.

    * Pets are not allowed on any park trails.

    * The speed limit on all park roads is 45 MPH (72 KPH); all passengers must wear seatbelts.

    * Your cell phone may not work here; have a back-up plan for communication. Public phones are located throughout the park.