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
Ministry team members seek employment from Forever Resorts in Chisos Basin.
- Preferred availability of early October through May 1st
- Retail at gift shops
- Restaurant/food service
- Housekeeping/front desk
- Dorm-style with shared bath
- Limited married housing available
- 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
- Apply to serve as a ministry team member!
- Attend a service of worship during your next trip.
- Support our team by volunteering to serve on a local Ministry Support Committee.
- Contact us to learn more.
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.
- Langford Hot Springs
- Santa Elena Canyon
- Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
- Castolon Historic District
- Chisos Basin
- Persimmon Gap
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.
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.