Big Bend National Park to open for day use Friday

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:27 PM CDT
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BIG BEND, Texas (KOSA) - A West Texas favorite is reopening to the public on Friday.

Big Bend National Park will be opening for day use only starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 7.

The following is a detailed list of what will and will not be open at the park:

For this first phase of reopening, access is restricted to certain parts of the park.Some paved roads are OPEN, including:

  • From Persimmon Gap entrance to Panther Junction
  • From Maverick entrance to Panther Junction
  • Fossil Discovery Exhibit
  • Road to Chisos Basin

Most trails that begin from the open paved roads are OPEN for hiking, including:

  • Dog Canyon
  • Lost Mine
  • Window
  • Window View
  • Basin Loop
  • Laguna Meadow
  • Pinnacles
  • South Rim
  • Emory Peak

Amenities available include:

  • Toilets along the open roads
  • The Panther Junction Store & Gas Station

Parts of the park remain CLOSED until further notice, including:

  • Paved road from Panther Junction to Rio Grande Village
  • Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
  • All unpaved roads
  • All river use
  • All campgrounds and backcountry campsites
  • Off-trail (cross-country) travel or camping
  • Backcountry trails not accessible from open paved roads
  • The Chisos Basin Campground road and overflow trail parking
  • All visitor centers
  • Chisos Basin Lodge & Restaurant
  • Park stores and gas stations, except the gas station at Panther Junction
  • Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

Shoreline access to Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River reopens August 7, while river use remained closed. Texas has suspended commercial river operations statewide.

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