Big Bend National Park Facilities

Open year-round

Panther Junction Visitor Center

8:00am - 6:00pm. Daily. Reduced hours on Christmas day.

Chisos Basin Visitor Center

November-March: 8:00am - 3:30pm. Daily. Closed for lunch. Reduced hours on Christmas day.

April-October: 9:00am - 4:30pm. Daily. Closed for lunch.

Open Seasonally

The visitor centers listed below operate primarily during Big Bend's busy season from October-April.

Rio Grande Village Visitor Center

8:30am - 4:30 pm Daily. Closed for lunch.

Persimmon Gap Visitor Center

9:00am - 4:30pm. Daily. Closed for lunch.

Castolon Visitor Center

10:00am - 5:00pm Daily. Closed for lunch.

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October's Featured Park
Arches National Park is known for its' remarkable natural red sandstone arches. With over 2,000 catalogued arches that range in size from a three-foot opening, to Landscape Arch which measures 306 feet from base to base, the park offers the largest concentration of natural arches in the world.
October's Animal
Most commonly found in the tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, the pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.