***Self-Guided Trip Planning

  • Almost all roads and day-hiking trails are currently open at Big Bend National Park!
  •  Panther Junction Visitor Center and the Chisos Basin Visitor Center are open. Persimmon Gap, Rio Grande Village, and Castolon Visitor Centers will remain closed as usual for the summer season and are expected to reopen around November 1.
  • The high Chisos Mountains trails and most campsites have reopened after the South Rim 4 Wildfire.  Please note that human waste containment systems, such as WagBag or Restop 2 bags, will be required for overnight use and are highly encouraged for day hikers, due to the destruction of some composting toilet outhouses in the fire.
  • Face masks are required in all buildings within the park. Please be prepared and have your mask on before entering visitor centers or camper stores.

HOWEVER, the Big Bend area is still experiencing extreme and dangerous heat! Heat-related illnesses are occurring on a daily basis, and emergency rescue services are strained. Please be careful-- no matter how hot you expect it to be, it's going to be hotter than you expect.

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.

Campgrounds, most primitive roadside sites, and most designated mountain hike-in sites remain available by advance reservation through www.recreation.gov. Permits for desert wilderness backpacking, overnight river trips, and some limited-access drive-in sites can be made in person during business hours on the Panther Junction patio. Please note that you MUST have a permit or reservation in advance to be able to stay over night inside the park. There is NO first-come, first-served camping. If you don't have a reservation and you arrive outside of business hours, you must find a spot outside the park. See the main Big Bend National Park website, www.nps.gov/bibe , for full information on what's open and how to reserve a campsite.

2019 Trails Illustrated Map: Big Bend National Park

2019 Trails Illustrated Map: Big Bend National Park

• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Topographic Map The largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend National Park is a...
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Backcountry Road Guide

Backcountry Road Guide

Thoroughly revised mile by mile, this new edition of the Road Guide to Backcountry Roads of Big Bend National Park now includes GPS coordinates as...
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Big Bend Vistas: A Geological Exploration of the Big Bend

Big Bend Vistas: A Geological Exploration of the Big Bend

Big Bend Vistas: A Geological Exploration of the Big Bend by William MacLeod takes you along the highways and park roads in Big Bend National Park...
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Chisos Mountains Trails Map 2020

Chisos Mountains Trails Map 2020

Revised in 2019 and in full color, this handy map includes a new inset map of the Chisos Basin Trailhead and developed area as well as descriptions...
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Death In Big Bend

Death In Big Bend

Real Stories of Death and Rescue in Big Bend National Park by Laurence Parent. BACK IN PRINT!!! This Big Bend bestseller was unavailable for a while,...
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Desert Hiking Tips: Expert Advice on Hiking and Driving

Desert Hiking Tips: Expert Advice on Hiking and Driving

  This pocket-size book might be a life-saver—or at least a time- and embarrassment-saver! Veteran outdoorsman Bruce Grubbs provides the...
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Great Walks of Big Bend

Great Walks of Big Bend

Note: The Chisos Mountains walks in this guide are NOT affected by the spring-summer 2021 wildfire closures. All of them remain open as of May 2021....
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Hiking Big Bend National Park 3rd Edition

Hiking Big Bend National Park 3rd Edition

By Laurence Parent. Hiking Big Bend National Park features forty-seven of the finest trails in Texas - from short day hikes to backcountry treks....
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Restop 2 Disposable Travel Toilet

Restop 2 Disposable Travel Toilet

Campers in the Chisos Mountains hike-in sites are now required to pack out human waste, and it's likely that this requirement will be extended to...
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River Guide to the Rio Grande: Colorado and Santa Elena Canyons

River Guide to the Rio Grande: Colorado and Santa Elena Canyons

This guide covers from Tapado Canyon to the Santa Elena Canyon takeout and includes Colorado Canyon and Santa Elena Canyon. A newly revised version...
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