Big Bend National Park Facts

Big Bend National Park Facts
Big Bend National Park is in Texas on the Mexican border. Its southern boundary runs 118 miles along the Rio Grande River. The Chisos Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert are other prominent land features in Big Bend.


Big Bend National Park was established in 1944. In 1976 it was designated an International Biosphere Reserve.


Big Bend National Park covers over 801,000 acres -- more land area than the State of Rhode Island -- and averages 350,000 or fewer visitors per year.


As of July 2009, Big Bend National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Panther Junction visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except, sometimes, for Christmas Day.

What To Do

Some of the many activities available in Big Bend include: Rock climbing, which is legal although officially discouraged; floating the Rio Grande, bicycling, hiking, birding and horseback riding.

Seasonal Activity

Big Bend is usually busiest during March and April, especially spring break. Other busy times include holidays like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. August and September are usually the quietest times of year.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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