Big Bend National Park set for partial reopen on Friday

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The park will determine further reopening and closures according to the local and regional status of the pandemic, following the advice of the federal, state and local public health officials.

Group sizes are limited to either five people or a single household. A state mandatory mask order remains in effect in Brewster County, Texas, where the park is located.

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 dirt 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

For more information, follow this link.

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