Please Note: The dry desert air quickly uses up the body's water reserves. We recommend that you carry a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day in the summer, slightly less in the winter. For half-day hikes, carry at least 2 quarts per person.
Springs and tinajas (depressions in rock where water collects) are unreliable and may be unsafe to drink. Springs are rare in the desert and wildlife depend on them. Please carry enough water to supply your own needs
Due to the complex topography and vague trails, detailed 7.5 minute topographic maps and a compass are necessary for most hikes.
On a final note, the weather in Big Bend, hot or cold, injures and kills more hikers than any other factor. Come well prepared because weather changes can be dramatic and unexpected.
Directions: From Alpine, TX, State Route 118 to the west entrance.Alternatively, there are two other paved roads leading into the park.Take U.S. 385 from Marathon, TX to the north entrance; or take Ranch Road 170 from Presidio to Study Butte, and then State Route 118 to the west entrance.There is no public transportation to or from the park. Amtrak serves Alpine, TX, 108 miles to the north. Bus service is available to Alpine and Marathon. The nearest airports are in Midland, TX (230 miles to the northeast), and El Paso, TX (325 miles to the northwest).
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