Jon T.

Telluride, CO

Joined April 2015

Good sites, lots of shade trees, nice high elevation

Beautiful location, most sites have shade and/or trees. Elevation is around 5000', so temps are nice and cool (for West Texas). Some nice hiking in the park, including primitive areas & Ft. Davis overlook. Excellent birding/butterfly opportunities - there are two bird feeding stations with blinds in the campground. Great staging location for riding Ft. Davis scenic loop, McDonald Observatory hill climb, etc. One or two decent MTB trails in the park, Prude Ranch trail system about 5mi away. Sites can be reserved at TX Parks/Wildlife website. Full services a few miles away in Ft. Davis.

Best campground in Big Bend!

Awesome spot! High and cool in the Chisos, centrally located within Big Bend Park. Great views of the Chisos. Great sunsets. Trailheads in the campground give you access to the Window Trail, Basin Trail, and the Chisos Mountains trails network. Not all sites are available by reservation, so it's possible to get first-come, first-served site if you show up early, but this campground fills up quickly. Shade is at a premium, so try to get a site with a covered area. Supplies (not gas) available at Basin Store, and 3 hot meals/day at the Chisos Lodge. Both are directly above the campground.

Not bad...crowded but has showers!

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!