Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the nearest ATM (automated teller machine)?
A: There are ATMs located in the lodge's gift shop as well as the Rio Grande Village store.
Q: Where can I get groceries in the park?
A: Groceries are available at Rio Grande Village, the Chisos Basin, and the gas station at Panther Junction. There is a limited selection of groceries at Castolon.
Q: When is the busy season in Big Bend?
A: Spring is our busiest - during March and April and sometimes into May when the Texas colleges and universities are on spring break. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be extremely busy, also. Make lodging reservations early if you plan to visit Big Bend during any holiday period. While you can not make reservations for campgrounds in the park, there are camping options outside of the park that may take reservations.
Q: How hot and cold does it get in Big Bend?
A: It can get as hot as 115-120 degrees F along the river during late May and June. However, the temperatures will normally be in the range of 88-110 degrees F during the hottest time of the year - the lower end of that range being in the Basin, the hotter temperatures along the river. The winter months (December, January, and February) can bring cold weather, dropping temperatures down into the thirties, and occasionally bringing snow. However, interspersed with these cold spells are spells of very comfortable, warm weather (70's or 80's and even higher sometimes, down on the river). The nights, however, are commonly freezing or below - in the 20's or teens down on the river.
Q: When do the wildflowers bloom?
A: Generally, desert plants bloom in the spring, while plants in the Chisos Mountains bloom in the late summer, during the rainy season. March and April are probably the best time to see the park in bloom, but flowers can be seen almost throughout the year. Every year is different, depending on rainfall levels. Big Bend does not always look like the pictures on postcards. It is very difficult to predict when the best weeks will be.
Q: Is pet boarding available outside the park?
A: The closest place to board your pet is in Alpine, TX at the Alpine Small Animal Hospital. Their phone number is 432-837-5416.
Q: What environmental awards or recognitions has Chisos Mountains Lodge received?
A: Chisos Mountains Lodge became a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track Program in September 2005.
Performance Track is a public/private partnership recognizing top environmental performance among participating U.S. facilities of all types, sizes, and complexity, both public and private. Program partners are providing leadership in many areas, including preventing pollution at its source. Currently there are 344 Performance Track Members in the United States.
Please click here for more information on the National Environmental Performance Track Program.
In 2003, Chisos Mountains Lodge was certified to ISO 14001. Forever Resorts is the first U.S. multi-site hospitality, lodging and marina provider to be certified to ISO 14001:1996 for all its domestic operations. ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
The benefits of initiating an EMS in accordance with ISO 14001 standards are many: identifying areas for reduction in energy and other resource consumption; reducing environmental liability and risk; helping maintain consistent compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements; benefiting from regulatory incentives that reward companies showing environmental leadership through certified compliance with internationally recognized EMS standards; preventing pollution and reducing waste; improving community good will; profiting in the market for "green" products and demonstrating commitment to high quality.