Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 28, 2020

Big Bend National Park Reopens June 1- Day Use Only

Beginning June, 1st at 9:00 am, Big Bend National Park will resume Day Use Only recreational access for:

– Scenic driving and bicycling along all paved park roads.

– Selected frontcountry trails for day hiking.

– Rio Grande for day-use river trips from paved road access points. Group size limits apply.

– Panther Junction Gas Station and camp store.

– Fossil Discovery Exhibit

– Restroom facilities.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services will be limited.

With public health in mind, the following areas and facilities will remain closed at this time:

– All Visitor Centers.

– Chisos Mountains Lodge overnight accommodations.

– All campgrounds and backcountry campsites.

– All gravel roads and backcountry roads.

– The Hot Springs Historic Area and associated trails.

– Boquillas Port of Entry.

For more detailed information, please visit our website: https://www.nps.gov/…/…/big-bend-covid-19-status-updates.htm.

Visitors to Big Bend must be prepared for the extreme summer heat of the Chihuahuan Desert. During the summer months, temperatures in the park’s lower elevations and river areas typically exceed 100 degrees by late morning, and remain at dangerous levels after sunset. Hikers should stay off trails in the afternoon and carry plenty of extra water.

When recreating, the public should follow local health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The official Press Release is available here: https://www.nps.gov/…/big-bend-national-park-begins-to-re-o…


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