Elevation: 3,720 ft
Open all year: 8:00am-6:00pm. Reduced hours on Christmas day.
Located at park headquarters, Panther Junction Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit. Backcountry and river use permits are issued during normal business hours. Interactive exhibits provide an overview of geology and natural and cultural histories of the park.
Visitor center complex includes a Big Bend Natural History Association bookstore, U.S. Post Office, public phone, and restrooms. A water faucet is available for filling personal water containers. The Panther Path, a self-guided nature trail, begins adjacent to the porch of the visitor center.
The Panther Junction Gas Station, 200 yards west of the visitor center, is open every day. The station offers gas, diesel, as well as groceries.