Big Bend National Park in Alpine, Texas (Brewster County)

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About the National Park

Heading to The Basin | Photo credit: Shannon Blackburn

Big Bend exemplifies “wild Texas” — rugged and scenic grandeur; expansive and beautiful; rich in natural life and history. Located on the Texas-Mexico border, this 801,163 acre park features abundant backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities.

From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande (Río Bravo) to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes impressive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River which forms a natural, international boundary between the United States and Mexico.

Biological life thrives in the park, with more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals having been observed at the park.


The National Park is location in the Big Bend region of West Texas. From Alpine, take TX 118 to Study Butte.

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The National Park’s entrances are open 24 hours per day, all year. Entrance fee stations and visitor centers are closed after normal business hours (4 PM or 5 PM daily).


Review the fees and permits information from the National Park Service.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Alpine, Texas Weather

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Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Check the park’s volunteer opportunities for detailed information. Volunteers are needed for activities such as visitor services, trail maintenance, construction, office/computer work and some biological work.

Official Contact Information

The National Monument is managed by the National Park Service.

National Park Service Big Bend National Park
P.O. Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Telephone: (915)477-2251

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