Chisos Mountains Lodge

From the Rio Grande River to the mountains, have a grand adventure at Chisos Mountains Lodge.

Chisos Mountains Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, Inc., is located in the Chisos Basin at 5,400 feet elevation, inside Big Bend National Park.​ The lodge offers a variety of rooms and cottages, plus a gift shop and dining room. Several stores are also located throughout the park at Rio Grande Village, Castolon, and the Service Station at Panther Junction.

Big Bend National Park encompasses over 800,000 acres and contains three natural divisions: the Rio Grande with its meandering 118 miles of lush, green floodplain, the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert, and the majestic Chisos Mountain Range.

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About Chisos Mountains Lodge

The National Park was established in 1944 and has historical sites, unique desert plants, spectacular vistas, and lots of wildlife. Be sure to watch for bear, javelina, mountain lion, bobcat, deer, and road runners. The park has a wealth of geology and during the change of seasons (spring and fall) guests will come to look for the many different wildflowers and migrating birds.

Forever/NPC Resorts, LLC operates Chisos Mountains Lodge and has established a goal of providing the best possible park experience for our guests and employees. Chisos Mountain Lodge is open year-round. The busiest time of the year is spring (March, April, and May)

Room and Board

Room and meals are provided to staff at a reduced employee rate. Charges for Room and Board are handled as a Payroll Deduction.

The charge for housing is $4.00 per day (double occupancy). Housing is shared with fellow employees. Two people share a room and share a common area with other employees. These common areas include a full kitchen, washer, dryer and satellite TV. We have limited availability for couples. Linens, blankets, etc. are furnished by the Company upon request. Employees are responsible for the cleanliness of their quarters. Housing is offered both in a dorm within walking distance of the lodge and in Panther Junction. Most employees live in Panther Junction which is about a 20-minute drive from the lodge and the Employee Dining Room. Kitchens are also provided in all housing units. Shuttles are provided several times daily from staff housing to and from the lodge.

A limited number of RV sites are also available for employees at $4.00 a day. Please let Human Resources know if you plan to bring an RV or trailer.

Meal charges are $3.00 each and employees are charged only for the meals they eat. The Employee Dining Room is located at the lodge. Employees may request their meal from the employee menu (12-20 options) during set hours. Each meal is made fresh for each employee. There are a limited number of vegetarian options and a salad bar is available for both lunch and dinner. During the busy season, employee breakfasts come from the breakfast buffet that serves our guests.

Employee Perks

  • Free river, jeep or ATV excursions through Far Flung Outdoor Center - On space available basis
  • Free jeep tours through Overland Tours - On space available basis
  • Free nights stay at Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa - On space available basis
  • 40% off on all regular priced merchandise in our gift shop / 15% off on books and maps
  • 15% off on taxable and non-taxable grocery items
  • 20% off meals when eating in the dining room
  • Friends and Family room discounts at the Chisos Mountains Lodge and Big Bend Resorts & Adventures 
    • During slow periods

Getting Here and Getting Around

Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from Big Bend National Park. Pick-ups in Alpine from the bus station or train station can be arranged in advance. Shuttles are provided several times a day from housing to/from the lodge. Several day trips to town are offered to staff each year.

A personal vehicle is not required but highly recommended. There is no public transportation in the park or to/from any local communities. The closest town is Terlingua/Study Butte just outside the west entrance of the park. It is about a 30 minute drive and includes a small grocery store, the Terlingua ghost town and several local restaurants. The closest place to find fast food is in Alpine a two hour drive. Alpine also has a two screen mini theatre, two grocery stores, hardware store, and several art galleries. A Super Wal-Mart is located in Fort Stockton. Fort Stockton is a two and half hour drive. Many employees will go to town together or offer to pick groceries up for others.

For Fun

Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to mountain peaks nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights and solitude. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails throughout Big Bend National Park. Ranger Programs are offered daily during the busy season and are free. They include walks/hikes and presentations about geology, animals, night sky, and so much more.

The night skies are some of the darkest in the country. Big Bend National Park received the International Dark Skies – Gold Tier recognition. This means you can see tons of stars and on some nights the Milky Way will be so bright it will take your breath away. River trips, horseback riding, and ATV trips are available through local outfitters just outside the park. A 72 par desert golf course located in Study Butte just outside the park will give you a unique golfing experience. Study Butte and Terlingua also host several restaurants and a few bars. Photography, birding, hiking, reading, and writing are some of the popular activities among current staff.

Our Jobs

Front Desk, Housekeeping, Porter, Maintenance, Retail Staff, Service Station Staff, Line Cooks, Dishwashers, and Food and Beverage

Retail locations are:

  • Curio (gift shop) in the Lodge
  • Basin Store (located close to the Lodge)
  • Rio Grande Village Store (located 40 min from the Lodge on the east side of the park)
  • Castolon Store (located 1 1/2 hours from the Lodge on the west side of the park)
  • Service Station (located in Panter Junction, 20 minutes from the Lodge)

Both seasonal and year-round positions are available. Positions come open throughout the year. September, March and May tend to be our busiest hiring months.

Right now we are hiring for the winter season (October-May).

Available positions: Retail Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Maintenance and Front Desk Agent.


Administrative Assistant

Chisos Mountains Lodge

Assist the Administration Department with day to day operations of the resort. Special projects from the General Manager. Help all departments as needed.


Basin Store Clerk

Chisos Mountains Lodge
Responsible for totaling bills, accepting payments and making change for guests. Be able to count daily receipts and prepare cashier deposits. Responsible for stocking merchandise and keeping the store clean. Sell groceries, camping gear, souvenirs, alcohol and tobacco products. Responsible for checking IDs for alcohol and tobacco sales. Strong customer service skills required.
Front Desk

Front Desk Clerk

Chisos Mountains Lodge
Take reservations, check guests in/out, cash handling, and be able to multi-task. Extensive typing and computer work. Strong customer service skills required.

Operations Manager

Chisos Mountains Lodge

The Operations Manager serves as the liaison between upper management and the employees, and oversees the day to day operations of the lodge and 4 outlying stores in the National Park. The Operations Manager reports to the General Manager and Regional Vice President.

Applicants should have at least 2-3 years of management experience in a similar setting, previous experience at a lodge preferred. Skills required for this position include strong accounting, computers/ typing, guest relations, problem solving abilities, knowledge of lodge day to day operations. Operations Managers are well versed in all positions of the lodge, and are expected to make a presence in all departments.

This position is a year round job.

Benefits are included.

Housing is available.


Rio Grande Village Store Clerk

Responsible for totaling bills, accepting payments and making change for guests. Be able to count daily receipts and prepare cashier deposits. Know how to use Opera to check RV guests in/out. Responsible for stocking merchandise and keeping the store and restroom area clean. Sell groceries, camping gear, souvenirs, gasoline, alcohol and tobacco products. Responsible for checking IDs for alcohol and tobacco sales. Strong customer service skills required.

Safety and Environmental Officer

Chisos Mountains Lodge

The safety and environmental officer will implement a safety training program for employees. Other responsibilities include making sure that all departments are OSHA compliant, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), bookkeeping, assisting Administration Department.

How to Apply

Please complete our online application via the link below. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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