Tips for your trip to the Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park lies very isolated!
While the isolation of Big Bend National Park is a draw for many visitors, it also means your trip must be well prepared and carefully planned. Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas, a considerable distance from cities and transportation hubs. There is no public transportation to, or in Big Bend National Park.
What roads to take to the Big Bend
Several highways lead to Big Bend National Park: TX 118 from Alpine to Study Butte or FM 170 from Presidio to Study Butte (then 26 miles east to park headquarters) or US 90 or US 385 to Marathon (then 70 miles south to park headquarters).
Far away from everything
Distances between towns and services are considerable. Be sure you have plenty of gas, oil, food, and water for your trip. The park has four camp stores, but supply and selection can be limited. There are also small stores in the communities outside the park. The last major shopping areas (grocery and hardware stores) are Alpine, Fort Stockton, and Del Rio.
A variety of transportation methods can get you to cities within a day’s drive of the park.
Airports closest to the Big Bend National Park
The nearest airports served by major airlines are located in Midland/Odessa, Texas (235 miles from park headquarters) and El Paso, Texas (330 miles from park headquarters). Rental cars are available at both airports.
Rail Service to the Big Bend
The nearest Amtrak station is located in Alpine, Texas (which is still 100 miles from park headquarters).
Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL for schedule information.
Bus Service to the Big Bend
Greyhound provides daily service to Alpine, Texas (100 miles from park headquarters – which is a whole lot to walk from the bus station).
Call Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 for schedule information.
The following important information has been taken from the official website of the Big Bend National Park.
Follow this link to get more important information about the Big Bend National Park.