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Panther Junction Visitor Center

Panther Junction, Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Lots to see here!

This is the visitor center as you enter the park and it does have a lot of things to view about the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brenham, Texas
A must stop

Panther Junction is in the middle of Big Bend at the intersection where you can go to Boquillas... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eastern NC
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Panther Junction, Big Bend National Park, TX
+1 432-477-2251
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the visitor center as you enter the park and it does have a lot of things to view about the area.

Thank Texas_traveler77833
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Panther Junction is in the middle of Big Bend at the intersection where you can go to Boquillas Canyon, the Chisos Mountains, or to the west for Santa Elena Canyon. The rangers here are very knowledgeable and helpful in planning hiking trails or motor routes....More

Thank AuntieM64
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This is a small center but ample information about the park. Equally small store nearby with limited inventory but has cold drinks and snacks. Bathrooms.

Thank Lynn A
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Biggest, great information exhibits, has AC, closes later than Chisos Mountain one, very friendly rangers, bathrooms

Thank gggg1234
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Panther Junction is the park headquarters and has a relief map of the entire park which will help you get your bearings. Most of the Rangers are are very friendly and all are very knowledgeable of the park. One of the few places in the...More

Thank OtPot
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Talk to the rangers, see the film, and learn about the park here. You can get back country camping and hiking info here, buy maps and bandanas which you will need on long hikes, fill up your water bottles, and buy books and souvenirs. Do...More

1  Thank BrendaW319
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I'll admit I was expecting a bit more after reading that this was the largest visitor center in the park and that it had a dinosaur fossil display. It is large, and has a very nice gift shop inside, and the rangers were extremely kind...More

Thank TexasGirlTravels
Reviewed 17 March 2017

To us, this is our very first time here to this huge, amazing Mountain Park on earth!!! Reason I said that, because, when you are really enter the Park, mountains are all around you! All are in different shapes, different sizes!!! This National Park should...More

1  Thank SpadinaTexas
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Panther Junction is the main visitor center (one of five) in the park. They have a gift shop, several displays and exhibits of the park, and of course the really helpful park rangers there to answer your questions and help you in planning your hikes...More

Thank Texas_suz
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a good visitor center to get an overview of the park. There is a large relief map to get a feel for the layout of the sights in the park. Also some good exhibits on animals native to the area. We really enjoyed...More

Thank Jim B
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I will plan to reach the Park by Wednesday morning. We are over 60 yrs old. Not a hiking kind person! ***Are there any short walk by the roadside to get to scenic view areas? ***If we plan to stay overnight in my comfort, big SUV., can we park at public parking areas(like: close by public stores, restaurants, gas stations...)? ***Will public restrooms in the park open 24hrs? ***Will Grocery Stores, Restaurants within the Park open 24Hrs or open late at night? ***I heard there is a 60 miles long roadside thru the Park? Is it a circle around the park or part of it goes West and the other goes East? First time ever to this park, just got some picture how it looks like from Internet... Need some advices from all.
14 March 2017|
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Hello, we are trying to plan a trip out your way soon and was wondering where we can get diesel in or around the park, we don't want to get stranded and ruin a good trip. Thank you for your time.... Lamoine and Ann Tedrow
7 February 2015|
Response from pyindeem |
There is a Walmart before you reach the park and another gas station next to Panther Junction Visitor Center (but they are frequently out of fuel). Terlingua gas station would be your next best choice.