Big Bend National Park Warnings and Dangers
Big Bend National Park is one of the largest and best known parks in the entire United States. However, it’s also a rugged area, so stay safe and avoid dangers if you’re visiting.
Scorpions, snakes, and spiders make up some of the potentially lethal beasties that inhabit the area. Do not lift stuff off of the ground with your bare hands without first checking underneath it. Wear thick socks and solid footwear, and nudge things like rocks with your shoe first. At night, walk with a flash light, since may desert animal are active at night. Wasps are yet another inhabitant of the desert, and make for a flying hazard. Other precautions to take include bringing a snake-bite kit with you in case of emergencies. Also, if you do get stung or bit, try to remember what bit you and seek immediate medical help. Medical staff can best help you only if they know what caused the bite.
Big Bend National Park is located at the border with Mexico. It is along a bend of the Rio Grande River, which is the dividing line between Mexico and the USA. You’ll want to keep your passport with you at all times in case you are stopped by the U.S. border patrol.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Big Bend National Park.