Gem of the Emerald Valley.


The BBNP boasts a high diversity of fauna, as it serves as a healthy and intact habitat for various species, including foraging and breeding habitat for species of conservation concern. There is an estimated 198 species of terrestrial vertebrates and 89 species of insects within the BBNP. The BBNP is also home to several vulnerable species including: jaguars, Baird’s Tapirs, Yucatan Howler Monkey, and Peccaries


The BBNP is an area where the Mullins River Basin and North Stann Creek are located. The North Stann Creek Watershed (NSCW ) encompasses tropical forests, agriculture areas, pine forests and mangroves. It has an approximate surface area of 28,482 hectares. NSCW includes 11 sub-watersheds, one of which is the Billy Barquedier Sub-watershed. This sub-watershed provides potable water to 3 communities.


The BBNP is characterized as Tropical Evergreen Seasonal Broadleaf Lowland Hill Forest. This ecosystem represents a very small area in Belize and most intact forest is within the parameters of BBNP and small areas within the Maya Mountains. The forests within the BBNP and across the globe are critical components for maintaining healthy ecosystems. Forests contribute towards climate control, preventing erosion, filtering water, maintaining watersheds and serving as habitats for a great range of biodiversity.

The combination of North American, South American and Caribbean elements provides for a unique assemblage of plants and animals resulting in a rich biodiversity

There are records of 6 species of amphibians, 13 species of reptiles, 152 species of birds, 23 species of mammals and 89 species of insects

BBNP is home to various species categorized as Vulnerable, Near Threatened or Endangered under the IUCN Red List Categories. Some of these include the Great Curassow, Keel-billed Mot-Mot, Baird’s Tapir, Yucatan Black Howler Monkey, Neotropical River Otter, Margay and the Jaguar

Given the role of the BBNP as a habitat for wildlife, the protection and management of this protected area is of great importance for the survival of these species

The protected area is therefore not only important in itself but also for biodiversity conservation, the provision of environmental goods and services, and in maintaining biological connectivity


Visit The Highest Point in The Park!

The BBNP also boasts its “Jaguar Trail” that leads up to an observation tower at the highest point of the Park. The tower stands at the tip of the mountain at an elevation of approximately 1,230 feet.


We Dare you to Embrace the Cold!

The Waterfall Trail is an easy 15 minutes’ hike through the jungle and along the crystalline creek running from the waterfall leading up to the majestic cascade stemming from the Maya mountains.


Be One With Nature!

A camping area is also located along the Mot Mot Trail. This is perfect for those wishing to spend the night beneath the canopy of lush green leaves.

Over 1,600 acres of lush tropical forest co-managed by STACA...

📍 Mile 16.5 Stann Creek Valley Road | Steadfast Village, Stann Creek, Belize  | +501 625-9738 |

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  • star rating  We didn't go through the whole park, but went directly to the location to hike to the falls. It's about a 15 or so minute hike, need to be in... read more

    July 1, 2016

    star rating  Inexpensive, fun hike to a beautiful waterfall. One of our favorite spots. Be careful during rainy season, though. Rocks can be very slippery.

    Linda E
    November 15, 2018

    star rating  Enterence to the park is like parking on someone's front lawn. Not very big. Two hikes available. One to the falls and the other to a top of a mountain.... read more

    January 23, 2020

    star rating  We did this hike on a Saturday with our two kids 8 & 13. A local from Dangriga suggested this spot. It would be best to get here around noon... read more

    Jennifer R
    February 12, 2017
  • star rating  Beautiful park. The Tiger trail which is one vertical mile up the mountain takes you to a lookout where you get to see the mountain range, the valleys and as... read more

    March 16, 2016

    star rating  We enjoyed chatting with Tony, who registers the guests in an old fashioned notebook. He will give you a homemade hiking stick to use too! The hike to the... read more

    February 22, 2020

    star rating  We absolutely loved that this hike was so close to our hotel (sleeping giant resort). We drove over and just followed the signs to the waterfall. It's not too bad... read more

    Leigh G
    November 9, 2017

    star rating  The location on Trip Advisor is incorrect. This park is located outside the city.
    We had thought to walk there from the Museum of Belize. It is not... read more

    November 22, 2018
  • star rating  My husband and I visited this park with the notion that we would take both the hike to the falls and the hike up the mountain. The National Park employee... read more

    Stephanie D
    July 9, 2016

    star rating  The park is not that large, it has trails, water, facilities, animals, and birds. They do a good job with maintaintence.

    May 27, 2019

    star rating  Very nice waterfall not hard to get to right off the road. Def will be back to explore some more. Take good hiking shoes or tennis.

    June 16, 2016

    star rating  Thanks to the low season I was the only one in the park while I was there. It's a nice short hike to the waterfall where you can have a... read more

    October 31, 2015
  • star rating  A short hike leads to this swimming hole, which is a nice place to hang out and take a swim. The rope in some of the traveler's photos was not... read more

    April 7, 2019

    star rating  We had heard about it and so stopped by on our way to Placencia. The place is lovely and cool. We did not prepare properly for the short but steep... read more

    Barbara R
    August 8, 2017

    star rating  I went with my friends on a surprise trip. It was amazing, just a bit scary, since the stones on the walking path were very slippery. There was a support... read more

    November 5, 2017

    star rating  Highly underrated! Tony was manning the booth and he explained he was part of the group that founded the park. Did not have a chance to hike the lookout tower,... read more

    May 12, 2019
  • star rating  Be sure to stop and do these 2 hikes. The first is a challenging “straight up” hike to a valley lookout. This hike is steep and challenging so you will... read more

    Chris O
    February 24, 2021

    star rating  Read the reviews and wanted to do the easy 10min hike to the falls. We went in December, winter in Belize when the temperature was like 90F and burning... read more

    January 12, 2017

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