PANTHER PEAK. Panther Peak is at Panther Junction in the Chisos Mountains, two miles southwest of the Big Bend National Park headquarters in southern Brewster County (at 29°18' N, 103°14' W). With an elevation of 6,409 feet above sea level, it rises some 2,700 feet above the headquarters. The area's shallow, stony soils support Douglas fir, aspen, Arizona cypress, maple, ponderosa pine, and madrone. The mountain may have been named after a mountain-lion hunt led by the legendary Brewster County cowman Will James.