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Big Bend National Park Tour

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DurationDuration1-2 Days
DirectionsAudio Points90
Tour stops Tour Stops 19
$9.99
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Shaka guide app Big bend national park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Shaka guide app Big bend national park

Southwest

Big Bend National Park Tour

DurationDuration1-2 Days
DirectionAudio Points90
tour Tour Stops 19
$9.99

About The Tour

Explore one of the most diverse national parks in the United States at Big Bend. This incredible corner of the Chihuahuan Desert boasts towering canyon cliffs, open desert, forested mountains, and the life-giving Rio Grande. Along the way, you’ll spot abundant wildlife, remnants of the area’s pioneer history, and more birds and cacti species than almost anywhere in the country.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

• Experience awe-inspiring views of towering canyon walls while exploring the dramatic landscape along the Rio Grande at Santa Elena Canyon.
• Discover Chisos Basin, a mountainous sanctuary with hiking trails and panoramic vistas, offering a serene escape in the heart of Big Bend National Park.
• Wander through a picturesque river gorge at Boquillas Canyon.
• Soak in historic hot springs along the Rio Grande.
• Immerse yourself in the region's rich history at Castolon Historic District.
• Cross the Rio Grande into Mexico at Boquillas Crossing.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Recommended Start Time: Before 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): The tour has two starting points: Terlingua, TX, near Gallery Chisos on Route 118, outside Maverick Junction entrance gate, and Persimmon Gap Entrance Gate, north of the park.
Time to complete: 1-2 Days

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Sky Islands
Hot Springs Historic District
The Fossils of Big Bend

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We used Shaka Guide throughout our cruise in Hawaii. At every island we rented a car and plugged in our Shaka Guide tour. It was highly informative and never failed to hold our attention. We learned so much about the areas we were visiting that it was like having a live tour guide for the day. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Great guide worth the money for the whole package

Awesome app. Great map and guides, really made the trip enjoyable including the return trip!

What is there to do in Big Bend National Park?

Big Bend National Park offers a variety of activities, including hiking through scenic trails, exploring historic sites like the Chisos Mountains, stargazing in the designated Dark Sky Park, and taking river trips along the Rio Grande. You can eve...

How to Get to Big Bend National Park?

Big Bend is located in Southwest Texas, near the border with Mexico. The nearest big city is El Paso, Texas, which is about four and a half hours away. You can access the main entrance via Highway 385 from Marathon, Texas, or take Highway 118 from...

When’s the Best Time to Visit Big Bend National Park?

The best time to visit Big Bend National Park is during the fall (October to November) and spring (February to April) when temperatures are milder, wildflowers are in bloom, and outdoor activities are more enjoyable. Winter months also offer pleas...

Self guided audio tour

What is an Audio Tour Guide?

Think of us as your personal tour guide in an app. Our tours provide everything a guided tour does, but with the freedom to explore on your terms. Here’s how it works:

  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk.
  • Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.

Tour FAQs

The Big Bend National Park Tour tour has 19 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go

  • Swimsuit for the hot springs and other water activities
  • Changes of clothes to cross river for Santa Elena Canyon
  • Passport for the Port of Entry to Mexico
  • Cash (small bills) and a credit card
  • Water, about one gallon of water per person, per day
  • Cooler
  • Hiking shoes and clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bug spray
  • Salty snacks/fruits/nuts
  • Phone charger/mount

What you spend depends on the activities you do, but here’s a list of entry fees for the tour: 

  • Park entry costs $30 per car, valid for 7 days. Credit or debit card only.
  • Boquillas Crossing - Modest fee to cross and enter Mexico and another fee for optional transportation to the village.



The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please note, although the park is open year-round, some visitor centers, attractions, and areas of the park have varying hours of operation and seasonality. Learn more here. 


Here are some hours of operation for visitor centers on the tour: 

  • Castolon - Visitor Center open 10am-4pm November-April. Store open 10am-5pm daily year round.
  • Chisos Basin - ​​Visitor Center open 8:30am-4pm daily, closed for lunch. Store open 8:30am-6pm daily. Lodge restaurant open 7am-8pm daily, closed 10am-noon.
  • Panther Junction Visitor Center - Open 8:30am-5pm daily.
  • Rio Grande Village Visitor Center - Open 10am-4:30pm daily, November-April. Closed for lunch.
  • Boquillas Crossing - Open Wed-Sun 9am-4pm November-April. Open Fri-Mon 9am-4pm May-October

Yes! The tour has two starting points: Terlingua, TX, near Gallery Chisos on Route 118, outside Maverick Junction entrance gate and Persimmon Gap Entrance Gate, north of the park. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

There is no reverse direction, but from either entrance, drivers can take the tour in whichever order they want. It’s a very customizable tour.

​​Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call at 1-888-250-2261.

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