Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the nearest ATM?
A: There are ATMs located in the Basin Camp Store as well as the Panther Junction Gas Station store.

Q: Are there convenience stores available in the parks?
A: Yes, visit Rio Grande Village, the Chisos Basin, or the gas station at Panther Junction. There is also a limited selection of groceries at Castolon.

Q: When is the busy season in Big Bend?
A: Our busy season extends from October to early January and mid-February through the end of May. We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance for most of our lodging. For the Roosevelt cottages, it is recommended to book 1-2 years in advance as they book quickly.

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.

Q: Can we bring grills, electric skillets, or any cooking appliances?
A: No, because of the park's location and preservation, we do not allow the use of grills, electric skillets, etc. We offer microwaves and refrigerators in our lodging.

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