Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Things to Do
Barton Warnock Visitor Center serves as the eastern visitor center for Big Bend Ranch State Park and is located near Lajitas. Permits for backpacking and camping (no hookups) at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be obtained at Barton Warnock or at Fort Leaton State Historic Site, the western visitor center for the park. Call (512) 389-8919 to make camping reservations. Visitors can also purchase river-use permits, licenses, and information about the Big Bend region.
The new, renovated Interpretive Center, "Una Tierra - One Land," is the fruit of an international partnership effort of state and national park experts in Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila and Chihuahua. The vast majority of information, including captions and text, is presented in both English and Spanish.
The Center presents an archeological, historical, and natural history profile of the Big Bend region. It houses a book store and gift shop. The book store includes guides for area interest, as well as books on the history and the natural environment of the Big Bend Region. The gift shop has a variety of T-shirts, postcards, and souvenirs.
Take a self-guided tour through the Interpretive Center and two-acre desert garden. Discover how the history, geology and landscape have shaped the cultural heritage of the region; how humans, animals and plants have adapted to survive the harsh conditions of the Chihuahuan Desert; how plants have adapted to the harsh conditions of the Chihuahuan Desert and how the first inhabitants of Big Bend used these plants for food, shelter and medicine. Guided tours for groups may be arranged. Check the calendar of events, or contact the park for details.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Borrow an Explorer Pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at headquarters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.
Teachers: This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
Nearby points of interest include Big Bend Ranch State Park, Fort Leaton State Historic Site, Big Bend National Park, Terlingua Ghost Town, and Lajitas on the Rio Grande. For more information on this region go to the Texas Historical Commission - Texas Mountain Trail website.