A valid passport is required to cross into Mexico and to return to the U.S. A passenger ferry boat is available for a fee to assist with crossing the Rio Grande. The hours and days of operation change seasonally, so be sure to check the park website or ask at a Visitor Center.
Do you need a passport to go to Big Bend National Park?
The Boquillas Crossing Point of Entry is now open at Big Bend National Park. There are many things you need to know before you even leave home. Everyone, including children, will need passports or passport cards. You may not take your vehicle into Mexico.
Is the Boquillas border open?
The Boquillas crossing has remained closed since March 2020 as part of the nationwide U.S. Department of Homeland Security closure of the Mexico border to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Boquillas Port of Entry is operated cooperatively by the National Park Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Can you cross the border at Lajitas?
Crossing the river is illegal. In the first few years, border patrol agents were stationed nearby, watching overhead as festival goers waded into the Rio Grande. But Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson says that presence has tapered off in recent years.
How do you get to Boquillas del Carmen?
The closest major airports are in El Paso and Midland, Texas. Both are approximately 4 hours away by car. A West Texas road trip is a unique experience, and the Boquillas Crossing is just one of the great things to do on your trip. Upon arrival at the national park, you will have to pay an entry fee of $25 per car.
Do you need an ID for Big Bend?
You can visit Boquillas, Mexico via the port of entry on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. In order to cross the border, you must possess a valid US Passport, US and Canadian citizens can also present a valid Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, Trusted Traveler Program Card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST).
Is Big Bend National Park free?
Big Bend National Park normally charges $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle, $15 per individual. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping or backcountry permits.
Can you see Mexico from Big Bend National Park?
Often referred to as three parks in one, Big Bend offers mountains, rivers, and desert, along with 118 miles of shared border that separates the national park from the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. If you visit, you will never stop remembering that Mexico is right there.
Is there a checkpoint at Big Bend?
Checkpoints operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are located on all north/south highways leading from the Big Bend area, and are staffed at all times. Each vehicle traveling north is stopped at one of these checkpoints for a visual inspection and brief questions by a Border Patrol agent.