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Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:48:24 -0500

Last Build Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:48:55 -0500

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Ranger programs for April 20 - April 26

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:48:24 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for March 2008

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:56:44 -0500

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



Ranger programs for April 13 - April 19

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:18:42 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for February 2008

Wed, 9 Apr 2008 11:03:41 -0500

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



News Release: Dedication to be held for the newly expanded and renovated Panther Junction Visitor Center at Big Bend National Park

Wed, 9 Apr 2008 09:23:28 -0500

Big Bend National Park will be dedicating the newly expanded and renovated Panther Junction Visitor Center, located at the park’s main headquarters in Panther Junction, on May 1st at 3:00 PM. The public is both invited and welcomed to help celebrate this important park milestone.



Updated Content: March Wildlife Sightings

Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:44:47 -0500

Summary report for March 2008, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



Ranger programs for April 6 - April 12

Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:43:03 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Soundscape / Noise

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:19:20 -0500

Informational page on soundscapes and noise pollutions in the Big Bend.



Updated Content: Lightscape / Night Sky

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:19:18 -0500

Informational page on night sky resources in the Big Bend.



Ranger programs for March 30 - April 5

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:18:40 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Ranger programs for March 23 - March 29

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 09:08:25 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Ranger programs for March 16 - March 22

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:32:10 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Rare Bird Sightings

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:33:45 -0500

Summary report for Winter 2008, listing rare birds reported by park visitors.



Ranger programs for March 9 - March 15

Fri, 7 Mar 2008 14:44:59 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: February Wildlife Sightings

Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:36:04 -0600

Summary report for February 2008, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



Updated Content: Big Bend Blooms

Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:43:38 -0600

Information about the spring blooming season including updates provided by the park botanist.



Ranger programs for March 2 - March 8

Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:42:36 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



News Release: Visitor Center Construction to Continue Through Spring Break

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 09:22:52 -0600

Each year March brings many things to Big Bend National Park: wildflowers, cactus blooms, mild temperatures, and spring break visitors. The busiest Spring Break timeframe this year will likely be March 8 - 22, when many of the Texas public schools and universities are on vacation; the following week will also see increased visitation from other regions.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Seeks Comments on Construction of Walking Trail at Dorgan/Sublett Historic Site

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 09:22:51 -0600

The National Park Service (NPS), Big Bend National Park (Park), is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct a ½-mile walking trail to allow visitors to see and learn about the historic Dorgan and Sublett farm site, located near the Rio Grande between Castolon and Santa Elena Canyon.



Ranger programs for February 24 - March 1

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:41:38 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Big Bend Blooms

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:09:43 -0600

Information about the spring blooming season including updates provided by the park botanist.



News Release: National Guard Backcountry Roadwork Repair Continuing at Big Bend National Park

Sun, 17 Feb 2008 14:03:11 -0600

A National Guard unit consisting of 12 people is continuing their 60 day commitment in Big Bend National Park towards repairing several badly eroded sections of backcountry dirt road along River Road East.



Ranger programs for February 17 - February 23

Sun, 17 Feb 2008 13:38:25 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: 2008 Fact Sheet

Fri, 8 Feb 2008 16:06:36 -0600

Updated annually, this brochure includes a variety of overview information and statistics related to Big Bend National Park.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for January 2008

Fri, 8 Feb 2008 13:59:07 -0600

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



Ranger programs for February 10 - February 16

Fri, 8 Feb 2008 13:58:58 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Big Bend Blooms

Thu, 7 Feb 2008 12:12:51 -0600

Information about the spring blooming season including updates provided by the park botanist.



Updated Content: January Wildlife Sightings

Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:08:56 -0600

Summary report for January 2008, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



New Content: Christmas Mountains Management proposal

Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:04:22 -0600

The National Park Service proposes that the Christmas Mountains be added to Big Bend National Park and managed as a backcountry area of the national park. [77kb PDF file]



News Release: Dedication of Peregrine Falcon Statue at Big Bend National Park

Sat, 2 Feb 2008 14:37:50 -0600

Dedication of a life-sized, bronze peregrine falcon sculpture will be held February 15 starting at 5:00 PM at the Basin Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park. The visitor center is located in the Chisos Mountains which are in the center of the park.



Ranger programs for February 3 - February 9

Fri, 1 Feb 2008 15:37:57 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for December 2007

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:14:43 -0600

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Superintendent's 2008 Compendium Public Review and Comment Period

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:07:56 -0600

The annual review and comment period for the Superintendent’s compendium is now underway, with comments required to be received by February 19, 2008.



Ranger programs for January 27 - February 2

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:07:26 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Ranger programs for January 20 - January 26

Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:09:45 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Ranger programs for January 13 - January 19

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:52:19 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



News Release: Big Bend National Park reinstates temporary closures for peregrine falcons

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:52:11 -0600

Big Bend National Park will again close certain areas to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites from February 1 through May 31.



News Park volunteers nationally recognized with Presidential Service Awards

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:52:10 -0600

Thirty-eight park volunteers were awarded the nationally recognized Presidential Service Awards at Big Bend National Park’s Volunteer Awards Dinner on January 8, 2008.



New Content: Christmas Bird Count

Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:49:24 -0600

Digest file includes all news releases issued by the park in 2007.



Updated Content: Historic Research/Resource Reports

Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:55:09 -0600

Added a link to a 1981 research report on the Carmen Mountains white-tailed deer.



New Content: 2007 News Release digest

Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:58:15 -0600

Digest file includes all news releases issued by the park in 2007.



News Release: National Guard to Assist Big Bend National Park with Backcountry Road Repairs

Wed, 9 Jan 2008 15:07:35 -0600

A National Guard unit consisting of 12 people will spend 60 days in Big Bend National Park repairing several badly eroded sections of backcountry dirt road along River Road East. The road repairs are part of a cooperative effort between the Park, the National Guard, and the U.S. Border Patrol.



Updated Content: Campgrounds

Wed, 9 Jan 2008 15:06:38 -0600

Updated pricing information for concession-operated camping at Rio Grande Village.



Updated Content: Rio Grande Village RV Campground

Wed, 9 Jan 2008 15:03:57 -0600

Updated pricing information for concession-operated camping at Rio Grande Village.



Ranger programs for January 6 - January 12

Sat, 5 Jan 2008 09:49:01 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center operation has moved to the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. Please follow the signed path around the west side of the building to reach the temporary office.



Ranger programs for December 30 - January 5

Fri, 28 Dec 2007 14:07:40 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs. NOTE: The Panther Junction Visitor Center will close on Saturday, January 5 at 4:00 PM. We are moving our operation into the Panther Junction Auditorium in preparation for renovation of the center. We will reopen Sunday, January 6 at 8:00 AM in the temporary visitor center.



Ranger programs for December 23 - December 29

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 15:38:59 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for November 2007

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:53:02 -0600

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



New Content: When does trash become history?

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:15:21 -0600

Each year, park visitors bring in things that they think are important and want to "show a ranger" what they found. Each year, some well-intentioned visitor will "clean up a trash pile" and deposit it on our doorstep. The question continues to arise whether or not piles of rusty tin cans and broken bottles are important artifacts.



News Release: Big Bend National Park to temporarily relocate Panther Junction Visitor Center

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:43:53 -0600

Big Bend National Park will close the Panther Junction Visitor Center and open a temporary facility on January 6, 2008.



Updated Content: Panther Junction Visitor Center Expansion

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:39:53 -0600

Updated photographs showing progress on the expansion; added date of the closure of the Panther Junction Visitor Center.



Ranger programs for December 16 - December 22

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:29:37 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Ranger programs for December 9 - December 15

Fri, 7 Dec 2007 17:10:42 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Updated Content: Rare Bird Sightings

Fri, 7 Dec 2007 14:05:39 -0600

Summary report for the fall 2007 birding season in the park; listing rare birds sightings.



Updated Content: High Chisos Backcountry Campsite

Thu, 6 Dec 2007 16:27:57 -0600

Posted new Backcountry Campsite booklet for the High Chisos area.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Christmas Bird Counts

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 13:15:54 -0600

Big Bend National Park will hold it's annual Christmas Bird count on December 28 and 29 this year; come for one or both days, bring binoculars, field guides, water and snacks, and join the fun!



Updated Content: Post Office

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 11:42:04 -0600

Page updated to new hours for the Panther Junction post office.



Updated Content: Grapevine Hills roadside campsites

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:56:46 -0600

Page updated to include recent changes to horse-use backcountry campsites; this site is no longer open to horses.



Updated Content: Hannold Draw roadside campsite

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:56:45 -0600

Page updated to include recent changes to horse-use backcountry campsites. A corral is now available here for horses.



Updated Content: Bringing Horses to Big Bend

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:56:40 -0600

Page updated to include recent changes to horse-use backcountry campsites.



Updated Content: Stock Use Regulations

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:49:16 -0600

Page updated to include recent changes to horse-use backcountry campsites.



Updated Content: December Wildlife Sightings

Wed, 2 Jan 2008 16:55:04 -0600

Summary report for December 2007, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



Ranger programs for December 2 - December 8

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:37:13 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



News Release: Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River Ornaments Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree

Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:14:30 -0600

Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River ornaments are prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of elaborate decorations celebrating the theme of Holiday in the National Parks.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Seeks Public Comment on Proposed New Dorgan-Sublett Trail

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:59:27 -0600

The National Park Service proposes to construct a ½-mile walking trail for visitor access to the Dorgan and Sublett historic sites near the Rio Grande River between Castolon and Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. The trail would provide interpretation of the Rancho Estelle Historic District, which is important to communicating Park farming and ranching history.



Ranger programs for November 25 - December 1

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 16:28:47 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Ranger programs for November 18 - November 24

Sat, 17 Nov 2007 19:13:19 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Ranger programs for November 11 - November 17

Fri, 9 Nov 2007 16:08:43 -0600

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for September and October 2007

Fri, 9 Nov 2007 16:03:05 -0600

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



New Content: Saltcedar Biological Control Environmental Assessment Draft

Sun, 4 Nov 2007 16:30:37 -0600

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to use a beetle from Asia to help reduce infestations of saltcedar, also known as tamarisk. The proposal is contained in a Draft Environmental Assessment that is available for public review and comment.



Updated Content: Concession Operating Hours

Fri, 2 Nov 2007 21:38:32 -0500

Operating hours for all Forever Resorts facilities in Big Bend National Park, effective November 1, 2007. These hours are subject to change without notice.



Updated Content: Daily Report

Fri, 2 Nov 2007 12:50:34 -0500

New links for additional river level information added



Ranger programs for November 4 - November 10

Fri, 2 Nov 2007 12:49:49 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Seeks Comments on Use of Asian Beetle to Control Saltcedar

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 09:49:12 -0500

Big Bend National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to use a beetle from Asia to help reduce infestations of saltcedar, also known as tamarisk. The proposal is contained in a Draft Environmental Assessment that is available for public review and comment.



Ranger programs for October 28 - November 3

Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:22:07 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Updated Content: Planning for a Peak Period visit

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 14:55:54 -0500

Big Bend's "busy" season is generally from November through April. However, the park is often full to capacity for six weeks each year: Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Years, and the Spring Break season during the middle weeks of March. These extra-busy periods can often be frustrating to visitors, as lodging and camping both in the park and outside of it are often fully booked. In order to maximize your visit, it is best to plan ahead and have alternatives. The information on this page is intended to help you plan ahead for a trip to Big Bend at one of these busy times.



Updated Content: Park Maps

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 17:02:48 -0500

New basic park map; updated for 2007, showing all campgrounds, backcountry road sites, trails, and facilities. New developed area maps for Rio Grande Village and the Chisos Basin.



Ranger programs for October 21 - October 27

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 15:39:39 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



New Content: Winter/Spring 2008 Issue of the Park Newspaper is now online

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:35:06 -0500

This 16 page newspaper is filled with valuable information and interesting articles written by Big Bend's naturalist division. The park newspaper is in PDF format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader for proper viewing and printing.



News Release: Big Bend National Park Begins Expansion of The Panther Junction Visitor Center

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:33:09 -0500

Big Bend National Park, in partnership with Big Bend Natural History Association and the Friends of Big Bend National Park, has begun construction to rehabilitate and improve the park’s main visitor center at Panther Junction.



Ranger programs for October 14 - October 20

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:32:30 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



New Content: September Wildlife Sightings

Sat, 6 Oct 2007 15:18:30 -0500

Summary report for September, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



Ranger programs for October 7 - October 13

Fri, 5 Oct 2007 19:30:38 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Ranger programs for September 30 - October 6

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 14:08:12 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



Ranger programs for September 23 - September 29

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 15:29:47 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



New Content: Panther Junction Visitor Center Expansion

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 15:24:07 -0500

At long last construction has begun on the Panther Junction Visitor Center expansion! This page includes photographs, current status and other information on the project.



Ranger programs for September 16 - September 22

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:16:20 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



News Release: Chisos Basin receives over twenty inches of rainfall for the year

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 15:04:04 -0500

The Chisos Mountains Basin, located in the center of Big Bend National Park, has received over twenty inches of rainfall for the calendar year. This is the second time since 1992, and the first since 2003, that rainfall in the Chisos Basin has eclipsed the twenty-inch mark.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for August 2007

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:42:28 -0500

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



Ranger programs for September 9 - September 15

Fri, 7 Sep 2007 15:20:57 -0500

Schedule of ranger-guided walks, talks and evening programs.



New Content: August Wildlife Sightings

Wed, 5 Sep 2007 14:47:11 -0500

Summary report for August, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



New Content: Branded!

Sat, 1 Sep 2007 10:38:39 -0500

Learn more about cattle brands used in the park in the mid-1940s..



News Release: Centennial proposals eligible for matching funds

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:21:45 -0500

Big Bend National Park’s project to construct a picnic facility and trailhead for access to a proposed multi-use trail is one of 201 proposals National Park Service Director Mary Bomar and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced at a press conference in Yosemite National Park today to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the NPS.



New Content: Big Bend National Park Centennial Initiative 2016

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:34:52 -0500

Learn more about park specific plans for the National Park Service Centennial Initiative program.



New Content: Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River Centennial Initiative 2016

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:34:50 -0500

Learn more about park specific plans for the National Park Service Centennial Initiative program.



Updated Content: Annual Teacher Workshop

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:17:22 -0500

Information regarding the annual environmental education workshop held in Big Bend National Park.



Updated Content: Rare Bird Sightings

Sat, 11 Aug 2007 08:46:46 -0500

Summary report for the last three months, listing rare birds reported by park visitors and staff.



Updated Content: Visitation Statistics for July 2007

Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:37:53 -0500

View visitation statistics for the last five years, including the current year.



New Content: July Wildlife Sightings

Wed, 8 Aug 2007 14:03:54 -0500

Summary report for July, listing bear and mountain lion sightings reported by park visitors.



Updated Content: Laws and Policies

Wed, 1 Aug 2007 11:00:42 -0500

Overview information for laws and policies regarding Big Bend National Park.