Getting to Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is isolated in the extreme. From Fort Stockton, it is a drive of more than two hours and 125 miles via US-385 south. The nearest major city is El Paso, more than five hours and 300 miles away via I-10 east, US-90 south, and US-385 south.
Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of the Persimmon Gap entrance to Big Bend. You can click on the map marker to get directions from wherever you are. Following this is the official park map provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file (sometimes very large files) or a simple image file. The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while this map is useful for general navigation around the park, if you are planning to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Big Bend Trail Map.
Below you will find a list of airports most convenient for a trip to Big Bend, listed in order of distance. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.
- Midland, TX (MAF): 221 miles by car to Big Bend
– Visit TripAdvisor for multi-site airfare search and more MAF airport information
– Visit Expedia to search all available rental cars at MAF
- El Paso, TX (ELP): 314 miles by car to Big Bend
– Visit TripAdvisor for multi-site airfare search and more ELP airport information
– Visit Expedia to search all available rental cars at ELP