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.
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.
Hiking trails are also found nearby the campground and many backcountry roads are located near the campground.
The group campsites are tent-only; RVs and trailers are not allowed. There are no hook-ups available in the group sites and generators are prohibited. Each site is provided with a picnic table, charcoal grill and bear-proof food storage locker. All four group sites are within easy walking distance to water spigots and restrooms. Showers and laundry facilities can also be found close by at the Rio Grande Village Store.
The mountain views, proximity to the river and shade from the surrounding cottonwood trees make Rio Grande Village Campground irresistible to visitors. This facility is at an elevation of 1,850 ft. Because cold air tends to sink into lower valleys during the peak seasons of fall and winter, temperatures are cooler here than in other parts of the park during these times. However, temperatures from March to September can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Rio Grande Village Campground was awesome. They have bathrooms with showers, running water, flushable toilets. They also have potable water all around the campsite. Rio Grande Village Nature Trail is close by and its a short but sweet hike. Sunsets on that trial over the Rio Grande is amazing. Wildlife is abundant. All kinds of animals and birds. Beavers, cranes, horses in the horizon was very welcomed. You can see Mexico and Boquillas village from the top of a cliff off the Nature trail. So bring your camera! I really had a good time. The campground was well maintained and it can get a bit crowded but it’s all good. A Hot springs is near by and the Rio Grande Village store is very convenient and cheap. They even have wi-fi if for some reason you need to check your email or facebook. Overall great experience!
We drove 8 hrs from Dallas to Big Bend hoping to stay at Chisos Basin but heard it was full so the park ranger suggested Rio Grande for the night. We got to the campground which has tons of sites but many of the sites that were covered and more private were taken. We actually had a rough experience to start with when we started to set up our tent only to find out someone paid for the site and left without leaving anything to show it was already taken. The majority of sites were wide open and felt like a state park rather than a comfortable campground. There were lots of trees and it got really dark but couldn't see the stars clearly through the trees. The campground felt like it was geared towards RVs rather than tent campers. The campground itself had a convenience store, laundry facility and the only showers in the whole Big Bend park. It's also nearby the Mexican border which we did visit. It was super convenient. $5/pp to get across the river and then you had options to get a ride in to town but it was only a quarter of a mile walk. BEST. TACOS. AND MARGS EVER!!!. You stop at a trailer to get a visa from border patrol once in Mexico and then stop at a self service terminal when you get back in to Texas. Anyway, back to the campground, I didn't like this campground but it was nice to know that there were plenty of sites available if needed.
This is a group site so you can only stay if you have a lot of people. We did a family mini-reunion and it was just ok, the heat just really got to all of us and the grounds were on the crowded side but the sites had ok shade. We could take showers there and it was nice. We had planned to use the hot springs but were already too hot. I bet visiting in spring or fall (or winter if it’s open) then it’d be nicer.
Camping at the Rio Grande Village Campground is fairly nice. It has washrooms, water, and fire rings.
Some of the sites you can reserve in advance (they go quick though) and some are first come first serve. There is also a section where generators are not allowed, so people can better enjoy the nature.
There is a trail from the sites to the hot springs, which is nice.
The campground is rather far from most other trails in the park, but that gives you time to enjoy the views as you drive around.
This area was hot and the bugs were pretty terrible. The Rio Grande itself was pretty underwhelming too. There are some cool trails around the area but it was hard to enjoy in the heat. The nights and mornings were pretty nice but around 11 AM it got pretty bad. There are some hot springs close by too if you feel like a hot soak on a hot day.
`The hookup campground is right next to the store where you will find objects like that of a 7-11. It is really hot because it is mostly asphalt. The second time I went was at cottonwood campground which was perfect. There was shade and a restroom. the view is unbelievable especially at night.
Biggest campground in Big Bend NP with like 100 sites. Pros - store with gas, ice, beer & showers! Closest campground to Boquillas crossing. Great birding. Cons - campsites very close together; not much privacy, can get noisy. Hotter in the PM than higher elevation sites.
Not all of these sites are reservable in advance, & we did not have a problem getting a first-come, first-served site in early PM on a busy Saturday, but it does fill up. YMMV. Extra credit: Take the 3-mile hike along the river to Langford Hot Springs. Great moonlight walk/soak!