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Big Bend National Park, TX

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Big Bend provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Ministry Team Member Information

Our winter team in Big Bend is approximately four ministry team members who serve at Chisos Basin.

  • Winter only
  • No mentor available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass not available
  • Preferred placement for ACMNP alumni only.
  • Spanish speaking is a plus!

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Chisos Basin Amphitheater: 9:00 AM

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Forever Resorts in Chisos Basin.

Dates:

  • Preferred availability of early October through May 1st 

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Housekeeping/front desk

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Limited married housing available

Transportation:

  • Bringing a car is highly encouraged!

* If you are interested in serving in Big Bend as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Big Bend (including employee housing costs), please visit http://chisosmountainslodge.com/jobs.


How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Big Bend National Park


Information About The Park

Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend includes scenic mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks and canyons of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.

The rugged, towering, faintly wooded Chisos mountains lie at the heart of Big Bend. However, 98% of the park is the Chihuahuan desert – filled with mesas, million year-old rocks, fascinating geology, limestone cliffs and ridges, and dry arroyos. Through it all runs the river, marking the boundary between the United States and Mexico. Visitors can soak in the thermal hot springs, and hike, camp, backpack, mountain bike, and stargaze to their heart’s content.

Popular Destinations

  • Langford Hot Springs
  • Santa Elena Canyon
  • Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
  • Castolon Historic District
  • Chisos Basin
  • Persimmon Gap

Wildlife

The author Fredrick Gelbach called Big Bend “a carpet of interacting plants and animals deftly woven on a geologic loom.” Within the park’s boundaries lie more types of birds, bats, and cacti than any other national park in the US. You may be lucky enough to spot (from a distance!) a mountain lion, black bear, roadrunner, coyote, or javelina.


Outside Resources

To learn more about travelling to Big Bend, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit www.nps.gov/bibe.

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Ministry Team Experience

Kayla
Big Bend National Park, TX, 2012

The best thing about this winter was the camaraderie that happened between my co-workers and myself. Read More

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"I believe God created the Chisos mountains just for sunsets!"
– Kayla, Big Bend 2012