Date of Stay: January, 2014
We stayed here two nights while visiting nearby El Malpais National Monument. The park is convenient, the staff was friendly, the sites are long and level, and security comes through periodically. That's about all the positives I could find here. The sites are narrow and wind erosion has left all the concrete curbing exposed about 2" above the surrounding driveways and xeriscaping. As a result, everywhere you walk is a trip hazard. We found that out the hard way, so be careful. This is in a desert area and xeriscaping is fine when it is done properly. This isn't. This is just gravel, different gravel, dirt and weeds. It was winter so the clubhouse and showers were closed but the Wi-Fi was working. Get a key for water and electrical hookups. Expect a $10 deposit for the key. We ate dinner at the buffet. Fajitas were $12.99 and were not good. The buffet was understaffed and many of the items were out and not being replaced. The desserts were all sitting out, uncovered. But, what the heck, it was a casino buffet, not a restaurant trying to serve quality food. Maybe we expected too much. We would stay here again if we were in a bind, but avoid the buffet.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
A beautiful setting with a lot of potential to be an outstanding campground. The road into and around the campground has numerous potholes and needs maintenance as did the restrooms, showers and laundry. The washers were both broken. The bathrooms and showers were concrete floors with standing water and pretty rough looking. A complete makeover is needed. The campground itself was pretty and peaceful and right on the river. Grass campsites were level. The lady running the place was friendly and helpful. The dump station is hidden in the trees by the flag pole. No sign and easy to miss even when you've been told where it is. A fee to use Wi-Fi so we didn't. We would stay here again, but use our own toilet and shower.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
We arrived after 5 and wandered around until we found a site that had some late afternoon shade. There were plenty of sites to choose from. Water and electricity cost $20. Sewer cost $3 more. We camped in the Green Country area, but the Lake Country area had more oak trees and was less crowded. The bathrooms and showers were clean, but badly in need of a makeover. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
We stayed here twice going to and from Tucson. First time we didn't have a reservation and got assigned a spot in overflow. We had water and electricity, but they squeezed 4 big rigs into 3 spaces and we used a "Y" to share water. No awnings. Next time we had a reservation and had a huge site. All the the sites are large, gravel, fairly level, and terraced on the base of a mountain. The views are almost always good. Restrooms were OK, but not immaculate. Just OK. Staff was friendly and helpful. Price was great! I think all sites have a shade structure, table and fire ring but no Wi-Fi. Only 5 sites can be reserved, so get here early if you don't have a reservation. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
Nice level, paved sites. Great view on nearby mountains. In loop A most sites were well spaced and had a few mesquite trees around. Loop B was laid out like a commercial campground trying to maximize their real estate. Sites in loop B are close together with little privacy. Restrooms and showers were always spotless. We had reservations and arrived after hours and were advised to just go to our site and set up. Host came by the next morning with our permit. He was friendly and we never spoke to anyone from the visitor center. No Wi-Fi. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
This campground is located in a mesquite thicket. The mesquite trees provide a moderate degree of privacy from neighboring campers but not a lot of shade. The campsites are all back ins and paved and level. Rate shown is for a 50 amp site. 30 amp sites are only $15. This park is home to the Texas state bison herd. The canyon is beautiful and it is a short (1/2 mile) walk to get to it. It is not visible from the campground. There are a lot of trails here for hikers and bikers and horseback riders. The restrooms were clean, but the showers had some tiles missing, and it looked like they needed a makeover. The visitor center is new and has a store that sells t-shirts, hats, etc. but no camping supplies. It is only 3 miles in to Quitaqua where there is a well stocked grocery store. We would stay here again
Date of Stay: September, 2012
We came here for the rock climbing for our grandsons to enjoy. Bring your own gear and be prepared to sign a waiver. Climbing area is closed during wet weather. Live Oak campground has 50 amp hookups and lots of privacy provided by the heavy brush and trees around the campsites. Plateau campground has 30 amp hookups and less brush so the campsites are more open. If you have children you might prefer this area since you can see them if they wander off. Both areas had all campsites paved and level and some sites were waterfront. The bathrooms were OK. Not really clean, but not dirty either, just OK. Had to drive up to the office to get Wi-Fi. Office staff was friendly and helpful, but one employee in the field was unpleasant and kept telling kids to get off the rocks. Go figure. Would have rated this park a 10 if not for this guy and the so so restrooms.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
We loved this park. The campground is located on a knoll and there are no tall trees, so the view is outstanding. We experienced a beautiful sunset and a magnificent nighttime thunderstorm in the same evening. Wi-Fi was available in most of the campground. There are hiking trails, Native American pictographs, and a really nice museum in the visitor center. This is desert country so be prepared for heat. All the staff was friendly and helpful and there were lots of Border Patrol officers around. This park is on the Mexican border at the west end of Lake Amistad. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
The best thing I can say about this campground is it has electric hookups. The view of the surrounding park is great, but otherwise this is just a parking lot with hookups. Daytime temperatures were in the 100's so we wanted the electricity. We were there in the beginning of the off season, and the lot wasn't too full, but it was still a challenge to back in and get parked. I don't know how a big rig could do it in the busy time of year (winter). The NPS campground behind the store is beautiful, and we would stay there next time if possible. It was worth the trip to see Big Bend, but we would not stay here again.