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

    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park

    1.

    Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park

    35 Reviews
    169 Photos
    142 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    The Rio Grande Village Campground sits near the banks of the Rio Grande, the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. It is one of the most popular campgrounds in Big Bend National Park, especially for those traveling in large recreational vehicles. It is located close to Boquillas Canyon and Hot Springs, and serves as a launch point for visitors accessing the river or the endless miles of backcountry roads. Rio Grande Village has an outstanding view of the Sierra del Carmen Mountains, located in Mexico to the east, which light up with hues of red and orange during sunset.

    Recreation

    The river offers ample opportunities to explore its shores and water. The river put-in allows easy access to canoeing and kayaking on the river. Birders flock to the river banks to spot such rare and unique species often found only in Big Bend. Day Hike trails are also found nearby and many backcountry roads are located near the campground.

    Facilities

    The river offers ample opportunities to explore its shores and water. The river put-in allows easy access to canoeing and kayaking on the river. Birders flock to the river banks to spot such rare and unique species often found only in Big Bend. Day Hike trails are also found nearby and many backcountry roads are located near the campground.

    Natural Features

    The mountain views, proximity to Mexico, the Rio, and shade from the surrounding cottonwood trees make Rio Grande Village Campground irresistible to visitors.The campground is at an elevation of 1,850 ft. During the winter season (November through March) temperatures are warm and pleasant with daily highs in the mid-70s to low 80s. From April through September, this campground is extremely HOT with daily highs exceeding 100-107 degrees.__ Be prepared for the weather: Current Weather Readings__

    Nearby Attractions

    Rio Grande Village is located near the Boquillas Canyon trail, the Boquillas Port of Entry, the Marufo Vega Loop trail, the Hot Springs and Hot Springs Historic District and Daniels Ranch. It is 20 miles (32 km) from the Panther Junction Visitor Center.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $16 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stillwell Store & RV Park

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    Stillwell Store & RV Park

    14 Reviews
    29 Photos
    42 Saves
    Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Stillwell's Store and RV Park is located just north of Big Bend National Park, about 8 miles from the Persimmon Gap entrance. NOT LOCATED IN ANY TOWN, WE ARE 45 MILES SOUTH OF MARATHON The old-fashioned general store carries soft drinks, beer, ice, canned goods and regular gasoline. Our RV park features sites with full 30/50 amp hook-ups (electric, water and sewer), water and electric only sites, dry sites and tent sites. Stillwell is a practical campground with a lot of history, not a resort. Come enjoy the peace and quiet at Stillwell while exploring the nearby Big Bend National Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. Given our ideal location, this is the perfect spot for stargazers, bird watchers and those just wanting to unplug for a bit. Whether it's for a short and or long-term stay, we hope to see you soon!

    We do have limited WiFi at the store. The nearest cell phone service is about 15 miles away in BBNP. If technology is your top concern, this likely isn't the place for you.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from La Noria — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from La Noria — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Dike — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hannold Draw — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hannold Draw — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hannold Draw — 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
    96 Photos
    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..

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens
    Camper-submitted photo from The Goat Pens

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    The Goat Pens

    3 Reviews
    10 Photos
    72 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Unique beautiful scenery, secluded but also close to major attractions, mile from the Ghost Town less and 10 minutes from both Statd and Natioal parks. The biggest campground, 50 sites spead over 60 acres, situated in the middle of a 600 acre ranch.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch

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    Red Bluff at Terlingua Ranch

    1 Review
    5 Photos
    6 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    5 acres of flat land in Terlingua Ranch. Beautiful views of Red Bluff, Nine Point Mesa, and of course the night sky

    • Pets
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Alcohol

    $20 - $30 / night

    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.

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Cabins
    • Tent Cabin

    $12 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Tres Papalotes — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Tres Papalotes — Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Tres Papalotes — Big Bend Ranch State Park

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    Tres Papalotes — Big Bend Ranch State Park

    1 Review
    3 Photos
    3 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Tres Papalotes (meaning “three windmills”) campsite is located in the eastern portion of the Solitario among many artifacts of the ranching industry. The campsite is positioned on the location of an old mining camp; it can accommodate up to 12 people. Amenities include two picnic tables with shade shelters, one fire ring, primitive toilets and permanent water. Road conditions vary depending on recent rains. Check with rangers before driving here. Surrounding the campsite is evidence of several types of mining/prospecting operations. In the 1930s miners searched for gold, silver, and mercury. You can visit several old mining sites just off the road that takes you to the Lower Shutup trailhead, and to the Inner and Outer Loop trails. Needle Peak, one of four summits rising from the floor of the Solitario, stands 4608 feet high; you can enjoy excellent views of this peak from the Outer Loop Trail. Nearby trails include Burnt Camp, Lower Shutup, Right Hand Shutup and Solitario Loop. The famous “Road to Nowhere” is close by. The sign at the top is the only one in the park system with red lettering. You need to get your picture taken by this sign.

    You must have a permit to camp in 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.

    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. Campsites have an eight-person and two-vehicle limit.

    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.

    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
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According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular equestrian campground near Big Bend National Park is Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park with a 4.3-star rating from 35 reviews.

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