Big Bend National Park opens in phases after government shutdown

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – The Brewster County Tourism Council and Visit Big Bend are pleased to announce that the partial government shutdown effecting Big Bend National Park has ended and operations are scheduled to return to normal in phases over the next several days. The re-opening schedule for Big Bend National Park is as follows. Sunday, January 27 8 AM: Persimmon Gap Entrance Station Noon: Panther Junction Visitor Center (Bookstore will be open at 9 AM) Noon: Chisos Basin Visitor Center Monday, January 28 8 AM: NPS Business Office (Panther Junction Headquarters) 9 AM: Rio Grande Village Visitor Center 10 AM: Castolon Visitor Center 10 AM: Persimmon Gap Visitor Center Tuesday, January 29 Noon: Chisos Basin, Cottonwood, and Rio Grande Village Campgrounds First night for backcountry camping permits. Permits available from Panther Junction and Chi-sos Basin Visitor Centers.

Wednesday, January 30

8 AM: Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry Opens


There is NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING in Big Bend National Park at this time, with the exception of The Rio Grande Village RV hookups camping area, operated by Forever Resorts remains open. Permits are required for ALL backcountry camping. Backcountry Permits will be issued starting Monday, 1/28, for trips beginning Tuesday (24 hours in advance of first night)

Concessions Operations

The Chisos Mountains Lodge operated by Forever Resorts is open. The Rio Grande Village RV hookups camping area, operated by Forever Resorts is open. Camper stores at the Chisos Basin, Panther Junction, Rio Grande Village, and Castolon are open. Service Stations at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village are open. We would also like to thank all media outlets and the public in general for the incredible show of support during this unfortunate event. For more details on please go to or check