RAIN!! After 2 extremely dry years, the normal Big Bend summer rains are back. Temperatures are predicted to be very comfortable for at least the first 10 days of September, so it's a great time for an unusual visit. You'll need to do some extra planning, however. Roadside primitive campsites often have to be closed with very little notice, and Cottonwood and Rio Grande Village campgrounds are sometimes evacuated for a few days at a time if the river rises. Be flexible and ready to move if necessary. At this time of year, there's ample availability in private campgrounds on high ground just outside the park. Also review safety guidance for driving in areas prone to desert flash floods. And possibly the most important tip-- bring mosquito repellent!
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 to all entry, to allow bears to feed undisturbed. 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.