It's summer in Big Bend! Summer rains have not brought much relief this year; temperatures continue to reach 105-115 most days along the river and 95-100 at Panther Junction. Low desert temperatures remain at or above 90 degrees until well after midnight most nights. Please be cautious!
Planning ahead is crucial to a safe trip. In addition to one or more of the following guidebooks, we highly recommend consulting the park's main website frequently for important safety updates. Remember that there is no longer any first-come, first-served camping; see the park website for information on how to reserve a campsite before you arrive.
The restaurant at the Chisos Mountains Lodge is providing take-out meals from 12-7 pm most days. As of early August, limited table service may be available in the dining room as staffing and repair work allows.
The Chisos Basin Campground is temporarily closed due to hungry bears. Please ask a Ranger how to "be bear-aware." While most bear activity is currently concentrated in the mountains, in this unusually dry year they have been seen seeking food throughout the park.