Big Bend National Park set to reopen backpacking sites after fire

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BIG BEND, Texas (Nexstar)- After seven weeks of closures due to the South Rim Fire, backpacking sites in the Chisos Mountains will reopen June 1. 

The South Rim Fire destroyed the composting vault toilet that served the South and East Rim trails. Until the toilet is repaired, overnight backpackers at all South Rim and East Rim campsites will be required to pack out human waste using a waste disposal kit, such as PETT, Wag Bags, Restop II, or similar containers, according to a Facebook post.

Hot spots remain in the Juniper Canyon area, and that trail will remain closed until further notice.

Hikers will be traveling through areas impacted by the fire and will need to be alert, stay on established trails, and watch for falling trees.  

Backcountry Permits required to stay in the campsites may be obtained online.

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