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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Big Bend National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Big Bend National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Texas and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Big Bend National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Texas and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Big Bend National Park currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Texas and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 1, 2021
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Big Bend National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Big Bend National Park - News section for more.

  • Road Resurfacing Project to Begin

    January 19, 2022 | 8:00 am

    Over the next three months, the park’s 120 miles of paved roads will be cleaned, prepped, and resurfaced. During this time, park visitors may experience up to 15-minute delays, but no road closures are expected. Work is expected to be complete in April 2022.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Big Bend Hosts Record Visitation in 2021

    January 18, 2022 | 1:00 pm

    The wide-open spaces of west Texas lured a record 581,000 recreational visits to remote Big Bend in 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Temporary Closures to Protect Nesting Falcons

    January 14, 2022 | 8:00 am

    Beginning February 1st and continuing through May 31st, the National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily close select areas in the Chisos Mountains to protect nesting falcons.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Ancient Rock Art Vandalized

    January 4, 2022 | 11:00 am

    On December 26th, a panel of ancient petroglyphs in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park was irreparably damaged when vandals chose to boldly scratch their names and the date across the prehistoric art. Anyone with information about the incidents, or the persons involved, should contact the National Park Service.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Busy Thanksgiving Expected for Big Bend

    November 15, 2021 | 9:00 am

    Large numbers of visitors historically travel to Big Bend National Park during the last weeks of November. Big Bend is experiencing record visitation, and visitors who plan on a November visit should be prepared for full campgrounds, lodging, and limited parking.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Boquillas Port of Entry to Reopen November 17

    November 4, 2021 | 6:00 pm

    After 20 months of closures, the Boquillas Port of Entry within Big Bend National Park, providing access to the village of Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico, as well as the Maderas del Carmen and Ocampo protected areas, will re-open beginning Wednesday, November 17th.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Desert Bighorn Sheep Survey to Begin

    October 22, 2021 | 8:00 am

    During the week of October 24th, a team from Texas Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter surveys of bighorn sheep and aoudads (barbary sheep) in Big Bend National Park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Chisos Mountain Trails to Reopen

    May 21, 2021 | 7:00 am

    With the 1341-acre South Rim Fire declared out over most of the Chisos Mountains, park visitors will soon be able to again enjoy many popular trails and backpacking campsites. On Monday, May 24th, trails will open for day hiking and exploration. Backpacking campsites to reopen on June 1st.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Increased Reservations for Big Bend Campgrounds

    April 23, 2021 | 8:18 am

    With record visitation comes increased demand for campsites. To reduce the frustration of driving all the way to Big Bend, only to find that all campground sites are full, the National Park Service will be increasing the number of Big Bend campsites available for advanced reservations online.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Chisos Basin to Reopen Friday, April 23

    April 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm

    With the 1341 acre South Rim Fire at 80% containment and no longer deemed a threat to developed areas, the NPS has scheduled the reopening of the park’s popular Chisos Basin area on Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.

    Read more at nps.gov