Big Bend National Park News
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.