Big Bend Wild Goals

Since the inception of Big Bend National Park on June 12, 1944, for 75+ years the National Park Service has been dedicated to preserving unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of Big Bend National Park in perpetuity for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of living and future generations.  Keep Big Bend Wild wants to support that mission and enhance National Park Service efforts by focusing on the following goals as the park faces future challenges.

To preserve in perpetuity the wild nature of Big Bend National Park in its currently undeveloped areas for the public benefit and the benefit of natural communities

To maintain appropriate visitor amenities and administrative support facilities in currently developed areas of Big Bend National Park and focus the development of any needed future infrastructure there or in neighboring communities

To continue to maintain visitor access to developed and undeveloped areas of the park and the Rio Grande River via all existing trails, paved and unpaved public roads, and the river itself –and to satisfy future transportation needs within the context of protecting currently wild undeveloped areas of the park

To provide outstanding memorable opportunities for public recreation, education, and inspiration at Big Bend National Park

To ensure that Big Bend National Park continues to foster economic opportunities for local communities and businesses that rely upon visitors having positive park experiences

To cooperate and collaborate with surrounding neighbors, organizations, and educational institutions, with local and state agencies, and with a supportive public in protecting the wild Big Bend experience for the enrichment of people and nature

To affirm that the conservation mission of the U.S. National Park Service and the border security mission of the U.S. Border Patrol are complementary and compatible, with both being essential to preserving Big Bend National Park’s resources, values, and experiences and to encourage the agencies to continue to work together to achieve both agency missions without compromising either.