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Getting to Big Bend National Park

Driving to Big Bend

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 Panther Junction Visitor Center in Big Bend. Following this are the official park maps provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Big Bend Trail Map.

Flying to Big Bend

As already mentioned above, Big Bend is one of the most remote parks in the United States. It is several hours from any airport with commercial service. 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 International Air & Space Port (MAF)

  • Located in Midland, Texas, 196 miles by car to Big Bend
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El Paso International Airport (ELP)

  • Located in El Paso, Texas, 288 miles by car to Big Bend
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San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

  • Located in San Antonio, Texas, 375 miles by car to Big Bend
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