National Park

Big Bend Dog Policy

Big Bend National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Not Allowed
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Named for the prominent bend in the Rio Grande along the U.S.–Mexico border, this park encompasses a large and remote part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Its main attraction is backcountry recreation in the arid Chisos Mountains and in canyons along the river. A wide variety of Cretaceous and Tertiary fossils as well as cultural artifacts of Native Americans also exist within its borders.[1]

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Pet Policy Details
1252 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are not allowed on trails at Big Bend National Park. Additionally, they are not allowed in any backcountry areas or in the river.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds with a 6' leash. However, dogs must not be left unattended for their safety and the safety of visitors/wildlife.

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Big Bend Backcountry Camping Yes 65 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Chisos Basin (Big Bend) Yes 62 RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Chisos Basin Group Campground Yes 7 Tent Reservations/Info
Cottonwood (Tx) Yes 31 RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Rio Grande Village (Big Bend) Yes 100 RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Rio Grande Village Group Campground Yes 4 Tent Reservations/Info
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Road Policy

Dogs are allowed on roads, as long as they're on a 6' leash.

Location & Map

Rio Grande

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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