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Top Tent Camping near Big Bend National Park

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    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
    321 Photos
    462 Saves
    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $40 / night

    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

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    Rio Grande Village RV Campground — Big Bend National Park

    35 Reviews
    169 Photos
    141 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 area and Daniels Ranch. It is 20 miles from the Panther Junction Visitor Center.

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

    $16 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park

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    Cottonwood Campground — Big Bend National Park

    19 Reviews
    88 Photos
    73 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    Cottonwood Campground is a quiet desert oasis in the southwestern corner of Big Bend National Park. Conveniently located between the Castolon Historic District, the scenic Santa Elena Canyon and the tail end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, this small, 30-site campground is one of the least-known and quiet campgrounds in the park. There is one group campsite and 30 individual sites. This is a remote campground in a remote park. It is dry camping, no hook-ups, and no generators are permitted. There is not a fill or dump station, please come prepared. Cottonwood gets its name from the cottonwood trees that surround and provide shade for the facility nearby the Rio Grande. A general store and visitor center -- a converted former military outpost -- are also nearby. The campground is at an elevation of 1,900 ft. (580 m). It is relatively cool in the peak seasons of fall and winter due to cold air sinking into the lower elevations. In the spring and summer, this campground is very hot, with temperatures normally exceeding 100__ F (38__ C) from mid-March through August.

    Recreation

    Particularly popular with bird watchers, Cottonwood Campground is a haven for those wishing to study the abundant bird life in Big Bend while also escaping the more crowded areas in the park. Because of its diverse ecosystems and plant life, the park provides habitats for many rare and unique birds , including the Mexican mallard, Lucifer hummingbird, Mexican jay, black-capped and gray vireos, and Varied Bunting. Hiking trails are located around the campground.

    Facilities

    Particularly popular with bird watchers, Cottonwood Campground is a haven for those wishing to study the abundant bird life in Big Bend while also escaping the more crowded areas in the park. Because of its diverse ecosystems and plant life, the park provides habitats for many rare and unique birds , including the Mexican mallard, Lucifer hummingbird, Mexican jay, black-capped and gray vireos, and Varied Bunting. Hiking trails are located around the campground.

    Natural Features

    The national park is named for a curve in the Rio Grande called the "big bend." For 1,250 miles (2011 km), the river is an International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. Due to its proximity to water, many species of birds are in the Cottonwood area, including nesting migratory birds. Santa Elena Canyon is a beautiful river canyon that can be seen from the campground area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Santa Elena Canyon, Castolon Historic District, and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive are near the campground.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $16 - $60 / night

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

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    Rio Grande Village Group Campground — Big Bend National Park

    16 Reviews
    50 Photos
    22 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    The Rio Grande Village Group Campground sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. The four group campsites are great options for groups of nine people or more and is one of the most popular campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. It is located close to Boquillas Canyon and Hot Springs, and acts 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. Trails for Day Hikes 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. Trails for Day Hikes 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 area and Daniels Ranch. It is 20 miles from the Panther Junction Visitor Center.

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

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park

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    Big Bend Backcountry Camping — Big Bend National Park

    9 Reviews
    61 Photos
    32 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    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.__Visit the park's Backcountry Use web page to learn about proper planning and trip preparation for this remote area. Backcountry Regulations are strictly enforced.______ 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 (1.6 to 10 km) from the trailhead.__Maximum group size is 15 people. Overnight backpackers may park in the large amphitheater lot adjacent to the Chisos Basin Campground. Most primitive roadside campsites require a high clearance vehicle. The park highly recommends a four wheel drive vehicle. Road conditions can change quickly.__High clearance vehicles are defined as an SUV or truck with at least 15 inch (38 cm) tire rims AND at least 8 inches (20 cm) of ground clearance from the lowest point of the frame, body, or suspension.__

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    Natural Features

    From an elevation of less than 1,800 feet (550 m) along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000 feet (2438 m) 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__

    Nearby Attractions

    • Pets
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    • Tents

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pine Canyon — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rio Grande Village Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Maverick Ranch RV Park

    8.

    Maverick Ranch RV Park

    18 Reviews
    62 Photos
    26 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Maverick Ranch RV Park, near Big Bend National Park, features full hook-ups, wireless Internet access, clean bathrooms with private showers, laundry facilities, general store and a swimming pool. Additionally a community center is available for group gatherings and pool parties.

    Maverick Ranch RV Park offers 101 sites, including 60 pull-through sites. In addition, 18 "Primitive Wilderness Campsites" are available for those interested in a true tent camping experience. There are no hook-ups available in the eighteen tent sites, but a world of adventure awaits you and your party.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park

    9.

    Robbers Roost Primitive Campsite — Big Bend National Park

    4 Reviews
    12 Photos
    22 Saves
    Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Campsite Specifics Robbers Roost can accommodate 2 vehicles, 8 people, no horses.

    Road Conditions The 5.3 mile (8.5km) Juniper Canyon road is very rocky and generally requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

    Vegetation There is no shade at the campsite. Moderate ground cover surrounds the site.

    Views Great views of the desert and rugged mountains. The South Rim is visible to the west. Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are visible to the south.

    Cautions A trailhead for the Juniper Canyon Trail and Dodson Trail is located at the end of the dirt road past Twisted Shoe primitive roadside campsite. Lock and secure your vehicle while away.

    Remarks Nice views from this remote site, especially the night sky, and there is very little traffic. Robbers Roast has a bear proof storage box.

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    • Group
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Rancho Topanga
    Camper-submitted photo from Rancho Topanga
    Camper-submitted photo from Rancho Topanga
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    Camper-submitted photo from Rancho Topanga
    Camper-submitted photo from Rancho Topanga

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    Rancho Topanga

    10 Reviews
    34 Photos
    57 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
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