Ruth P.
Austin , TX
Joined May 2018
Pine Smell Mmmm!

Great camping location for being close to Flagstaff and Sedona. The camp sites are right next to the road though. That would be the only complaint. But everything else is great! They have drinking water and drop toilets. There are a couple of hiking trails near the sites as well that lead up the the top of the plato. Great place to watch sunsets!

Beach Vibes

Ocean wind, seagulls and sunshine! These camping sites are in a great location! Close enough to town but far enough away that you feel secluded. The beach is just past the sand dunes from your site. Hearing the waves at night is quite peaceful.

They have flush toilets and hot showers on the grounds. A standing grill, picnic table and a wooden canopy on every camp site.

This camp ground is a first come first serve. So that means it is full by Friday more often then not. If you plan on going there plan on arriving on Thursday midday, in order to get a spot.

Den of Devils

What an amazing park! Stayed in Devils Den over spring break several years ago. Was cold and even snowed on one of the days that we were there. Camps sites are big and they have a fire pit, picnic table and a large gravel pit for the tents. Lots of hiking trails to explore and a river, if your brave enough to get in the freezing water.

The park rangers are great! Very knowledgeable and friendly.

Star Gazing

Tumble In is conveniently located on the out skirts of Marfa, TX. It is walking distance to the town and near the highway. You are right in the middle of both so the star gazing is amazing!

You are driving distance for the McDonnell Observatory and several other fun places to go and see. The camping sites are gravel and have water and electric hook ups. There is a covered community kitchen and washer/dryer. It has a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. If you stay up late enough you might even be able to see the strange Marfa lights!

Highly recommend staying here! My boyfriend and I love this place and will always go back and stay there.

Campsites are Great...Park Rangers NOT so Great

So the campsites are are pretty cool, the bathrooms are good and the river is fun to float! But the Park Rangers there are grumpy and not friendly at all! Even the ladies at the check in are grumpy and very rude. When a group of friends and I went there for the weekend over the summer last year, the Rangers were driving around at 10pm telling people to go to sleep. No one was making loud noises just sitting around the lantern talking. Even our neighbors were talking quietly and he told them it was past "curfew" (10:05pm) and time for bed. He then came over to our campsite to force us to hit the hay as well. Joy Kill!!!

Now that was one Ranger, IDK what the other Rangers there are like, but that rube experience was enough to make none of us want to go back. I have never been told there is a curfew for bed time at a park!? I do understand there is a quite time, and we were biding by it (only one lantern that we had turned down and quietly talking as to not disturb any of our neighbors)

That was the one bad experience we had there. Every thing else was nice and fine. The water was refreshing and the hiking trails were well maintained. I hope no one else has a run in with that Ranger and will have an enjoyable time there.

Family Times

Garner will forever hold a special place in my heart. I grew up going camping there with family and still go with friends to this day. The campsites are amazing and the Frio River is always refreshing. Getting a spot is tricky, since most of the sites are booked months in advance. But the cool thing is that most of the people that are there are large families that have been camping there for generations.

100% family oriented, and 100% great times!

Weekend Trip

Inks Lake is a great place for a weekend get away. There is plenty of water activities (boating, fishing, kayaking, ect.) to go and do there. You can rent just about any kind of water related item or you can bring your own. The campsites are huge! Perfect for large groups of people. There are not that many hiking trails but the couple they have are fun hikes. They are not to long, a hour at the max.

Red Sand Everywhere

Red sand everywhere! The color is truly amazing! The wind storms in the spring are something truly amazing in a whole different way. lol You will find sand in places you did not know existed! The hiking trails are well maintained and are very enjoyable to walk along. The campsites are nicely spaced and have big picnic tables.

Canyon, the small town right outside of the Canyon, is a lovely town with some cool bars and restaurants. It also has Walmart, so if you end up needing anything you can take a quick 20 minute drive into town.

I've been twice now and every time is better then the last! The location is great for visiting near by towns/cities in the pan handle of Texas.

I look forward to going back and camping there!

Best Place to Stay Near BIG BEND!

Guy Foli (owner of the property and the campsites) is a true jack of all traits! Him and his wife,Pat, own and run Rancho Topanga campgrounds. Every spring break me and a group of 8 friends go down to Big Bend for the week. We always stay at Guy's campground. It's an easy 20 minute drive into Big Bend and you hit the gas station and grocery store along the way.

You are aloud campfires as long as they are controlled. Drinking is fine as long as there is no public intoxication. Pets are welcome! And there are even showers and flush toilets.

You are staying in the desert, so expect strong winds during the night and scorching sun rays during the day. There is a near my plato that you can climd, we found several shell fossils and cool rock on one of our excursions to the top. Also, the sunsets and sunrises are beautiful!!!

Reserve campsites months in advance if you can. Rancho Topanga fills up quick!

I hope you enjoy this mom n pop campsite as much as I do! :D

The Stars!

Omg! The stars are beautiful here! Plan to go camping when there will be a new moon. The night sky will be light up with billions of twinkling lights! Also, a great time to see the milky way and to watch for satellites passing by.

Hiking up Enchanted Rock is quite fun! There are so many ways to hike up to the top, blaze your own trail! There are caves all though the Rock, just make sure you bring a flashlight cause once you are deep inside it will be pitch black!

Of corse it is located in Texas so expect it to be cray hot in the summer and wet and windy in the winter. (we only have "two" seasons ; P lol). Either way, Enchanted Rock is a great weekend trip for the family, group of friends or just a personal retreat from the city.

Pace Bend!!!

Love Pace Bend! It is only a 40 minute drive from Austin, perfect for a weekend get away. They have big camping sites, great for large groups! The park ranger are awesome! Going in the summer is a must, the water is the right tempter for swimming or boating. The only down side to this park is 9 out 10 of the toilets are drop toilets (no flush, hole in the ground)

Other then that, this park is a great fit for families, elderly people and even college groups.