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Big Bend National Park

National Park Service

Chisos Mountains Panorama

Welcome to the Big Bend National Park Official NPS Home Page. Big Bend is one of the largest and least visited of America's national parks. Over 800,000 acres await your exploration and enjoyment. From an elevation of less than 2,000 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, and the entire Chisos Mountain range.
Big Bend Paisano
Current issue of our park newspaper

Visitors Photo Gallery
The Best of the Bend by visitors like YOU

Click on the topics below to learn more about Big Bend.
(or check out the
Alphabetical List of Topics

A splash of color

Santa Elena Canyon

Prickly Pear Flowers
What's So Special About This Place?
Intro to Big Bend, Significance, Mission Statements, etc.
Planning Your Visit
How to get here, what to do, where to go?, park maps, etc.
Big Bend NPS Daily Report
Current Weather - River Levels - Campground Status- Live View

Backcountry Information
Backpacking, Boating, Primitive Roads, etc.

Natural Resources
Birds, Bears, Bugs, Geology, Fire, Research, etc.

Cultural History
Archeology, Historic Areas, Early Settlers, etc.

Volunteer in Parks logo

Volunteers In Parks
How can you help Big Bend? Current Openings
Frequently Asked Questions
Camping, Banking, shopping, fees, weather, etc.

The Press Room
Latest Park Press Releases, fact sheets, etc.
Big Bend Natural History Association 
Online source for park maps, books, posters, etc.

Park Ranger Hat

Interpretive Program Schedule
Join a Park Ranger!  Walks, Talks, & Evening Programs

Teacher Feature! 
Online lesson Plans, Educator's Guides, Teacher Workshops, etc.

Friends of Big Bend National Park

Permits Required for Commercial Activities

InformaciĆ³n en Espanol Auskunft auf Deutsch

If you need additional park information, please e-mail us at: 
BIBE or call us at 432-477-2251

This website is maintained by Big Bend National Park
Webmaster:  Eric Leonard
Last updated: Thursday, 28-Oct-04 11:35:20

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