Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

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VISIT Big Bend National Park:

Park Details

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
Phone432-477-2251
HoursPark entrances are open 24 hours daily, all year.
Entrance Fee$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Big Bend National Park is the 108th 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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits50,29843,88989,91567,62853,06733,53327,32120,20728,98549,81659,46757,095
Precipitation665345101012785
Avg Temp596470788589878782766659
Max Temp707680879496949289857771
Avg Temp303338455461636358483831
Min Temp182023334355585847352417
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

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 NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend & The Alamo8987

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.

NameDistance
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River18 mi
Fort Davis National Historic Site101 mi
Amistad National Recreation Area133 mi
Guadalupe Mountains National Park208 mi
Carlsbad Caverns National Park214 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.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Chisos Basin - Big Bend National ParkTX more 4 miles
Cottonwood - Big Bend National ParkTX more 18 miles
Rio Grande Village - Big Bend National ParkTX more 18 miles
River Road - Big Bend Ranch State ParkRedford, 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:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
None Found.

Nearest Airports

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.

Large Airports

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
San Antonio International AirportSATSan Antonio, TX288 mi
Austin-Bergstrom International AirportAUSAustin, TX341 mi
Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportDFWDallas-Fort Worth, TX445 mi
George Bush Intercontinental AirportIAHHouston, TX477 mi
Medium Airports

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Midland International AirportMAFMidland, TX196 mi
San Angelo Regional Mathis FieldSJTSan Angelo, TX219 mi
Cavern City Air TerminalCNMCarlsbad, NM221 mi
El Paso International AirportELPEl Paso, TX256 mi
Laredo International AirportLRDLaredo, TX258 mi
Roswell Air Center AirportROWRoswell, NM290 mi
Abilene Regional AirportABIAbilene, TX304 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.