Big Bend

Big Bend Fast Facts

  • Big Bend National Park covers a total area of 801,163 acres
  • The number of people visiting Big Bend in 2016 was 388,290 *
  • Big Bend was made a national park on June 20, 1935
  • The lowest elevation found in Big Bend is 1,715 feet at the Rio Grande River
  • The highest elevation found in Big Bend is 7,832 feet on Emory Peak
  • The entrance fee for Big Bend is $20 per vehicle per week
  • Big Bend National Park lies in the Central time zone
  • We last visited Big Bend National Park in January 2013
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Big Bend Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Big Bend

  • The Rio Grande River serves both as the border of Big Bend National Park, as well as the international border between the United States and Mexico. Within the park, this covers a distance of 118 miles. A recently reopened border crossing at Boquillas allows park visitors to legally cross into Mexico.
  • The name Big Bend comes from a large bend in the Rio Grande River along the park boundary.
  • In 2012, the park was named as an International Dark Sky Park. Big Bend National Park has the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 states, and star gazing here is obviously superb.
  • Floating the Rio Grande River, especially through Santa Elena Canyon, is a popular activity. Since the international border is officially in the middle of the river, these trips are treated as international trips by authorities, and proper documentation (i.e. a passport) is required.
  • The large range of elevations in the park contribute to its biological diversity. There are 56 species of reptiles, 75 species of mammals, more than 450 species of birds, along with at least 1,200 species of plants.

Where is Big Bend National Park?

Big Bend National Park is one of the most remote parks in the continental United States. It runs along the Texas-Mexico border created by the Rio Grande River. It is a long way from civilization of any size. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Big Bend.


Persimmon Gap Entrance
(29.676662437209803, -103.16928077023476)

More About Big Bend

We have pages on all sorts of things about Big Bend National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.