Big Bend National Park, United States

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What to Do

Becoming A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger for Life
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Junior Ranger for Life

The junior ranger program is designed to introduce kids to nature and get them excited about our national parks. But as a kid over the age of 25, becoming a junior ranger is pretty damn cool too. To become an official junior ranger, you have to complete a workbook and certain activities (e.g., attend a ranger program, visit a historical site). Workbooks can be purchased at any of the visitor centers in the park for $2. When you're done with your book, turn it in to a ranger and get sworn in. Junior rangers swear to protect Big Bend and other national parks and can be easily identified by their junior ranger badges.

Getting Around

Car

Gas Available Inside the Park
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Hiking trails are spread out across the 800,000-acre park, so plan to do a lot of driving. You can fill up at one of the two gas stations inside the park at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village but expect to pay more. For other gas locations, check the NPS website: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/gasstation.htm.

General Advice

What To Bring

Dress for the Desert
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Dress for the Desert

Big Bend is located at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert near the Mexican border. Few hikes offer any kind of respite from the desert heat, which can be unrelenting. Bring long-sleeve breathable shirts, long hiking pants, floppy hats (baseball hats won't do the job), sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and plenty of water. You can refill your water bottles at the campgrounds and at the various visitor centers around the park.