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Backpacker Magazine – October 2005
Texas-sized solitude is practically guaranteed when you explore the high peaks and striking river canyons of this lightly visited wilderness.
Getting There The closest airports are in Midland and El Paso (242 and 329 miles, respectively, from the park).
Season November through April, except for the higher Chisos Mountains, which are best visited late spring through early autumn.
Don't Miss Fajitas at the Chile Pepper Café in Terlingua.
Cautions Extreme heat and scarce springs mean you must carry lots of water, identify potential sources, hike during cool parts of the day, and leave your itinerary with a responsible person. Soloists should fill out the Solo Hiker Form, which requires check-in upon return.
Regulations Permits (free) are required for all backcountry overnights and are available at visitor centers up to 24 hours in advance. In the Chisos, camping is limited to designated sites; elsewhere, camping is allowed anywhere a half-mile from roads, trails, and developed areas. No campfires or pets.
Maps Trails Illustrated #225 Big Bend National Park is a good overview map. For custom topos of our main hikes, visit www.backpacker.com/mapstore.