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The crown jewel of the Lone Star State is Big Bend National Park. This spot of southwest Texas is the pinnacle of all things outdoors in the state of Texas. Whether you want to explore the history of the state, spot wildlife, or just enjoy a hike, Big Bend is the place to be.

There are a number of campgrounds associated with Big Bend. Some are run by the park, and one is an RV park operated by a resort. The busy season here is actually November to April, where campsites will be harder to come by. Make sure to reserve your campground ahead of time, especially during peak season. The best camping near Big Bend is in the park itself, as Texas has little BLM land to make use of. Study Butte, TX, and the surrounding areas offer some accommodations if you can't get a spot in the park.

Best Glamping Sites Near Big Bend National Park, TX (11)

    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park

    1.

    Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park

    68 Reviews
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    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    Chisos Basin Group Campground, situated high in the rugged Chisos Mountains, is one of the most sought-after campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. It has seven group camping sites available for groups of nine to 20 people (size is site-dependent). At an altitude of 5,400 ft. (1646 m),, the campground is surrounded on all sides by tall, rocky cliffs and conveniently located near some of the park's most spectacular and popular trails. The Rio Grande is only a short drive away. Also found in the area is the Chisos Basin Visitor Center, the General Store and the Chisos Mountains Lodge , which houses the only restaurant in Big Bend National Park.

    Recreation

    This campground is a hub for hikers. Some of the park's most spectacular and popular Day Hike trails are nearby, including the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the South Rim Trail and the Pinnacles Trail, with its access to the park's highest point, Emory Peak (elevation 7,825 ft./2385 m). Campers can find the trailheads for most of these trails in the main Chisos Basin area a mile or so further down the Basin road from the campground. Access to the river is approximately 30 miles (48 km) away, where visitors can canoe, kayak and fish.

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    This campground is a hub for hikers. Some of the park's most spectacular and popular Day Hike trails are nearby, including the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the South Rim Trail and the Pinnacles Trail, with its access to the park's highest point, Emory Peak (elevation 7,825 ft./2385 m). Campers can find the trailheads for most of these trails in the main Chisos Basin area a mile or so further down the Basin road from the campground. Access to the river is approximately 30 miles (48 km) away, where visitors can canoe, kayak and fish.

    Natural Features

    The national park is named for a curve in the Rio Grande called the "big bend." For 1,250 miles (2012 km), the river is an International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. The campground lies at the base of several sloping cliffs amidst montane shrubland; desert plants such as Arizona cyprus and mesquite trees fill the landscape. Maple, aspen, pinyon and ponderosa pines grow at higher elevations just above the campground. Though it is lower than the surrounding cliffs, the Chisos Basin is at a higher elevation than other campgrounds within the park. Summer temperatures here are cool, yet warmer than other areas in fall and winter due to the cold air sinking into lower regions. The Chisos Mountains are a popular nesting site for migratory birds . The mountains provide the only nesting ground in the United States for the Colima Warbler, which arrives in mid-April and departs for its wintering grounds in southwestern Mexico by mid-September.

    Nearby Attractions

    Big Bend National Park encompasses 801,000 acres (324,153 ha) and the Chisos Basin area is centrally located. This allows visitors an excellent opportunity to explore all areas of the park in a relatively short drive. Big Bend offers excellent hiking trails, miles of rugged dirt roads, and endless possibilities for sightseeing.

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    $40 / night

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    Rancho Topanga

    10 Reviews
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    57 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Welcome to Rancho Topanga, a fantastic spot near Terlingua, Texas, perfect for those looking to explore the Big Bend region. This campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and glamping accommodations, making it a versatile choice for all types of campers.

    One of the standout features here is the ridge top camping area, which offers breathtaking views and a bit more privacy. It's a bit pricier, but you get your own bathroom and some stunning scenery. If you're traveling with a small group, this might be the ideal spot for you.

    The campground is well-maintained, with clean bathrooms and hot showers that are a welcome sight after a day of hiking or exploring. There's also a bathhouse with electrical outlets where you can charge your devices. The camp hosts are friendly and always busy keeping the place in top shape.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Fires are allowed, and there's firewood available on-site, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the starry Texas sky. Just remember to bring your own picnic table, as they're not provided at the sites.

    Rancho Topanga is conveniently located close to both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, making it a great base camp for your adventures. The sunsets here are spectacular, and the night sky is something you won't want to miss.

    Whether you're here for a few nights or an extended stay, Rancho Topanga offers a peaceful and scenic retreat with all the amenities you need for a comfortable camping experience.

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    Tin Valley Retro Rentals

    5 Reviews
    60 Photos
    108 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas
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    $10 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from K-Bar 2 — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park

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    Interior Primitive Sites — Big Bend Ranch State Park

    20 Reviews
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    86 Saves
    Redford, Texas

    Big Bend State Park interior sites are and along the River Rd., and allow a max. of 8 people per site. These sites are, Casa Ramon, Chorro Vista, Fresno Canyon, Fresno Vista, Guale 1 and 2, Javelin, La Monilla, La Mota 2, La Posta, Las Burras 1 and 3, Los Alamos, Los Cuates, Los Hermanos, Los Ojitos, Lower Alamito, McGuirks Tanks, Mexicano 1 and 2, Ojo Escondido, Papalote de la Sierra, Papalote Encino, Papalote Llano, Papalote Llano Nuevo, Papalote Nuevo, Papalote Rancho Viejo, Papalotito Colorado, Paso al Solitario, Pila Montoya 2 and 3, Pila de los Muchachos, Rancherias, Rincon 1 and 2, South Leyva, Tascate 1 and 2, Vista del Bofecillos, Vista del Chisos, and Yedra 1 and 2.

    Picnic table Fire ring You must have a permit to camp at primitive road and front country campsites, and in the backcountry zone. Day-use visitors must obtain a permit before entering the park. If you plan to use the 4X4 unmaintained road, pick up and sign an Acknowledgement of Use of Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Motorcycles.

    Get park information and permits for day use and camping daily, in person, at three locations:

    Sauceda Ranger Station - (432) 358-4444 - in the interior of Big Bend Ranch State Park Barton Warnock Visitor Center - (432) 424-3327 - in Lajitas, TX Fort Leaton State Historic Site - (432) 229-3613 - in Presidio, TX

    Place tents in designated areas only. Desert resources are fragile. You must haul out both your human waste and trash. You can buy a portable privy at all permit-issuing stations. Downed wood is critical to desert ecology. Gathering firewood is prohibited; you must bring your own. Charcoal cooking fires and containerized fuel stoves are allowed. Pack out your ashes or deposit them in the fire ring. The maximum stay per permit is 14 nights. Individual campsites have an eight-person and three-vehicle limit. Group campsites have a 12-person and five-vehicle limit. Equestrian staging campsites have a 24-person and 12-vehicle limit.

    Highway-access camping areas are along River Road (FM 170) at Arenosa, Lower and Upper Madera (Monilla) Canyon, and at Grassy Banks River Access. One campground is on the north side of FM 170 at the Contrabando West Trailhead; it does not have river access or a toilet facility. Self-composting toilets are at Colorado Canyon, Madera Canyon, Grassy Banks and the Contrabando Movie Set site.

    No other facilities, water/electrical hookups, or dump stations are available. Due to road conditions, motor homes and large recreational vehicles may not be able to enter backcountry park areas. The Visitor’s Center at Sauceda Headquarters has shower and restrooms..

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      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Upper & Lower Madera Campground — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Rincon 1 — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Rincon 1 — Big Bend Ranch State Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Rincon 1 — Big Bend Ranch State Park

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      Rincon 1 — Big Bend Ranch State Park

      3 Reviews
      3 Photos
      Terlingua, Texas

      This site is Rincon 1. Located in the Southeast Zone. Must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access this site. Our 4WD roads are not suitable for most All-Wheel drive vehicles; clearance needs to be above 8''.

      There is a walk in of about 75 yards. It has a picnic table, 2 tent pads and a grill. The site is in an open area with a view of Solatario Peak. This site is good for families. There is no water on this side of the canyon, so campers must bring plenty of water. This site also gets very hot in the summer.

      This site requires a toilet system to occupy. No composting toilet is available. No ''cat-holing'' is allowed. Toilet systems can be purchased at a visitor center. Capacity 8.

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      $12 - $35 / night

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      Space Cowboys

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      24 Saves
      Terlingua, Texas

      The space

      Our launch pad 🚀 is located directly on Hwy-118 just 10 minutes away from Big Bend National Park ⛰ and 15 minutes away from the ghost 👻 town.

      In the middle of our site there is a large hill consisting mostly of volcanic rock 🪨 giving you a 360 degree view of Big Bend National Park, State Park and surrounding mountains ⛰

      Your space comes fully equipped with electrical outlets 🔌, fridge, fan and nebula lasers to light 💡 up your ceiling with moving nebulas.

      Your comfortable memory foam queen size bed comes with a plush comforter and a warm Sherpa Fleece blankets.

      You will have access to a very nice outdoor toilets and showers with hot water 🚿 🚽. The water comes from a 750 foot deep aquifer and is soft and clean. We will provide you with a set of white towels, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. 🧼 🧴 🧽 . Please remember that water 💧 in the desert is very scarce, please limit your showers to 5 minutes.

      See you @ Space Cowboys 🌎 🪐 👽

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      $40 - $330 / night

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    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular glamping campground near Big Bend National Park is Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park with a 4.6-star rating from 68 reviews.

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