Big Bend National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Park entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year. Entrance fee stations have variable seasons and hours. Visitor Centers Panther Junction Open daily, 9:00am-5:00pm. Reduced hours on Christmas day. Chisos Basin Open daily, 8:30am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Reduced hours on Christmas day. Castolon Open November through April 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Persimmon Gap Open daily, 9:00am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Rio Grande Village Open November through April, 8:30am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch. Visitation Big Bend's busy season is generally November through April and the park is often full to capacity for six weeks each year: Thanksgiving week, Christmas holiday season, and spring break (mid March). During these periods, demand for camping and overnight lodging is far greater than the number of campsites and rooms available within the park. Advance reservations for camping & lodging are highly recommended. In order to maximize your visit, it is best to plan ahead and have alternatives.

Local Partners Information Resources

Big Bend Natural History Association

Friends of Big Bend National Park

Visit Big Bend . Com

Alpine, Texas Chamber of Commerce

Marathon, Texas Chamber of Commerce

Getting There

While the isolation of Big Bend National Park is a drawing point for many visitors, it also means that your trip must be well prepared and carefully planned..

Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas, hundreds of miles from the nearest cities and transportation hubs. There is no public transportation to or in Big Bend National Park. You can drive your own vehicle, or take a plane, train, or bus and then rent a vehicle to get to Big Bend.

Several highways lead to Big Bend National Park: TX 118 from Alpine to Study Butte or FM 170 from Presidio to Study Butte (then 26 miles east to park headquarters) or US 90 or US 385 to Marathon (then 70 miles south to park headquarters). Distances between towns and services can be considerable. Always be sure you have plenty of gas, oil, food, and water for your trip. The park has four camper stores, but supply and selection can be limited. There are also small stores in the communities outside the park. The last major shopping areas (grocery and hardware stores) are Alpine, Fort Stockton, and Del Rio.

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