Big Bend's vast undeveloped areas provide excellent opportunities for backcountry experiences if you seek solitude, wilderness, and adventure! The backcountry sites listed here are primitive backcountry road campsites and primitive backpacking sites in the Chisos Mountains. All are designated sites located in remote locations. Campers must be self-sufficient.
These are primitive sites and do not offer water, electricity, toilet access, or any amenities. Primitive Chisos campsites are BACKPACK-ONLY campsites with NO vehicle access. Campsites are from 1-6 miles from the trailhead. Parking for overnight backpackers is located in the large amphitheater lot adjacent to the Chisos Basin Campground. Most primitive roadside campsites require a high clearance vehicle , and 4-wheel drive is highly encouraged. Road conditions can change quickly. Recreation
Splendid Isolation. Big Bend National Park is beloved as one of the few large public land areas in Texas. Major activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, birdwatching, river trips, enjoying the spring bloom, and adventuring along backcountry roads. The spring months of March and April are the busiest, as well as the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays, although the park is open and visited year round.
These are primitive campsites, and require extra trip planning. Please take the time to plan and carefully prepare your itinerary.
Primitive Roadside Campsites: Primitive camping with your vehicle in designated campsites along rugged backcountry dirt roads . Backpacking Campsites: Primitive designated backpacking campsites located along the extensive Chisos Mountains Trails system . Natural Features
From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and an ever-changing river. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States
Ranger station, has water and bathrooms. No camping here. Pick up your backcountry camping permits here.