Big Bend National Park is best known for its vast, super-rugged landscapes, encompassing the diverse ecosystems of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Chisos Mountains, and the meandering Rio Grande river. Located in southwestern Texas, the park offers a dramatic contrast of soaring cliffs, deep canyons, and expansive desert vistas.
The park is renowned for its remote and untouched wilderness, providing a sanctuary for a wide array of plant and animal species. Visitors can explore the park’s extensive network of hiking trails, leading to stunning viewpoints, hidden waterfalls, and ancient rock formations. The Rio Grande, which forms the park’s southern boundary, offers opportunities for scenic river trips and leisurely floats, with glimpses into the cultural heritage and shared history of the United States and Mexico. Big Bend National Park is also a stargazer’s paradise, as it is an International Dark Sky Park, a designation reserved for only the darkest of places on the planet.
VISIT Big Bend National Park:
Big Bend National Park was established on June 20, 1935, and has a total area of 801,163 acres (1,252 square miles, or 3,244 square kilometers).
|Address||1 Panther Junction, Big Bend National Park, TX, 79834|
|Hours||Park entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year.|
|Entrance Fee||$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Big Bend National Park is the 115th most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Big Bend National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Big Bend National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Big Bend National Park are April, June, February & May.
Big Bend National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Big Bend National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend & The Alamo||898||7|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Big Bend National Park.
|Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River||18 mi|
|Fort Davis National Historic Site||101 mi|
|Amistad National Recreation Area||133 mi|
|Guadalupe Mountains National Park||208 mi|
|Carlsbad Caverns National Park||214 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Big Bend National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Chisos Basin - Big Bend National Park||TX more||4 miles|
|Cottonwood - Big Bend National Park||TX more||18 miles|
|Rio Grande Village - Big Bend National Park||TX more||18 miles|
|River Road - Big Bend Ranch State Park||Redford, TX more||40 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Big Bend National Park:
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Big Bend National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Big Bend National Park.
|San Antonio International Airport||SAT||San Antonio, TX||288 mi|
|Austin-Bergstrom International Airport||AUS||Austin, TX||341 mi|
|Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||DFW||Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||445 mi|
|George Bush Intercontinental Airport||IAH||Houston, TX||477 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Big Bend National Park.
|Midland International Airport||MAF||Midland, TX||196 mi|
|San Angelo Regional Mathis Field||SJT||San Angelo, TX||219 mi|
|Cavern City Air Terminal||CNM||Carlsbad, NM||221 mi|
|El Paso International Airport||ELP||El Paso, TX||256 mi|
|Laredo International Airport||LRD||Laredo, TX||258 mi|
|Roswell Air Center Airport||ROW||Roswell, NM||290 mi|
|Abilene Regional Airport||ABI||Abilene, TX||304 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.