Big Bend National Park Overview:
Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, nature watching, camping - you name it, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Big Bend. Although it is unlikely anyone would be able to explore all of the Big Bend National Park, there is also a state park (Big Bend State Park) located nearby that provides additional outdoor recreational opportunities.
What to Do at Big Bend National Park:
A wide variety of outdoor activities are available in Big Bend National Park. Hiking, camping, fishing, birding, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, nature watching (the park is home to mountain lions, a few black bear, and numerous other unique species), swimming, and other activities are available. Rock and fossil hunting are popular, although no specimens may be removed from the park.
Big Bend National Park Visitor Information:
Five visitor centers are located within Big Bend National Park. The Chisos Basin and Panther Junction centers are open year around. The Castolon, Persimmon Gap and Rio Grande Village centers are season. Hours of operation vary for each center. Please check the link below for updated operating hours. Seven day passes are available at a rate of $5 per person and $15 per vehicle. One-year unlimited entry passes are available for $30. Additional fees apply for camping.