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Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $23.00
If you want to wake up in a remote location to the sound of birds chirping and the site of the sun coming up over the mountains, see roadrunners and jackrabbits on the well-maintained property as you sit outside at night under the stars in the clear desert sky, and be truly off the grid, then this place is for you. If you need amenities, cable TV, tiled bathrooms, and activities, then don't stay here. [Note they do have great WiFi; no Verizon service, though, which was actually rather nice to be that disconnected!] This property belonged to one of the original ranching families of the area, the Stillwells, who didn't sell their ranch to the Park people, and an RV park is one of the ways they sought to make a living in the harsh desert, in addition to ranching and a few other endeavors. We LOVED it here - the history and lore of the place, the very friendly people, the proximity to Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, the front porch for cold beer after our days hiking in Big Bend (Stillwell Store has plenty of cold beer), and the stillness of the ranch and desert all around us. We will come back this winter and plan to stay for a month. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.
Visit the Hallie Stillwell Museum on the property and watch the video about her and the ranch; she was a true Texas legend and this place has some unique history. Drive through Black Gap WMA to the Mexican border for stunning solitude and scenery. Gasoline can be purchased in the park, but fill up in Marathon (north) or in Terlingua (west). Bring groceries; the nearest store is 52 miles north [Marathon] or camp stores in the park at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village.
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $26.00
We were actually here in Febr. 2014. The sites are gravel with full hookups and very good wifi. We headquartered here for Big Bend as we had horses and they have good facilities for this use. They allow riding all over the ranch and we also took the horses into Big Bend Nat. Park. We were here for a week. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $26.00
You'll either love it or hate it here! If you are looking for a quiet, remote camping experience "off the grid," then you'll love it. This park built a reputation as a go-to destination with repeat customers, nightly music, and more. Most of that is in the past because the park is now under new management. It is only open part of the year, and no longer has nightly entertainment. You do get full hookups or W/E only in a very no-frills environment. Most sites are 30 amp but three sites are 50 amp. You'll have no cell phone coverage but good camp WiFi. Bathrooms are pay-for-use so I didn't review them. Fill up your tanks before you come as they have limited unleaded gas and the closest diesel is 30 miles away in Big Bend NP. Closest groceries are in Alpine 75 miles away. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $23.00
If you are expecting a posh resort RV Park, don’t come to the Big Bend. This is the Chihuahuan Desert, not Estes Park Colorado. The RV parks that are close to Big Bend National Park are all what would be termed rustic. The desert climate is rough on everything, and everywhere is far away so luxuries are too expensive to ship in. People learn to make do with what they have. That is what most people love about the Big Bend. It is getting away from the rat race. Stillwell Store is nothing fancy. They don’t claim to be. What they are is a no frills full hook-up gateway to Big Bend NP. Basically, you have three options if you want full hookups in the area. They are all widely separated mileage-wise, but are fairly similarly close to the Park Headquarters. Stillwell has the best prices for full hook-ups hands down. They are not owned by the same family anymore, but they do a nice job of making you feel welcome. They may not have the entertainment they had, but give them a chance to get settled, and I’m sure they will get lots of repeat campers. I will be one. I rate them not against the perfect RV Park, but against what is available as local competition. They more than hold their own. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
For the life of me I do not understand the high ratings for this park. It is dumpy to be nice. Nothing attractive about it. Old trucks sitting around, two old mobile homes with old tires on their roofs. The pros: only 8 miles to Big Bend NP, full hook-ups and very quiet. Cons: dumpy and that is being nice. No cellular voice or data service. Sites on one side are very close together, on the other side they are spaced further apart, but again run down outbuildings, old trucks and much to be desired in landscaping (there is none). If we wanted to go to Big Bend again, this is close, but it sure does not deserve anything above a 4 or 5 in rating, if that. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $35.00
Nothing special. Park is run down. Just somewhere to park that has FHU. We had issues with low electric wire as we were trying to park in site. Stayed one night and moved on the down the road. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $24.00
This campground is not much to look at but the internet is the fastest we had on our trip! You can have a wood fire here, unlike inside the park. You can also hike around this campground too. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $26.00
Please note that this RV Park is 85 miles south of Alpine and only about 8 miles from the east entrance to Big Bend National Park. Improvements are constantly being made under new management. It is still owned and managed by the Stillwell family but the grandchildren of Hallie Stillwell are now running the park. (W.T. died last winter) They have just bought several travel trailers and fifth wheels to rent out for those that need phone service, buy a MagicJack and bring a "real" telephone and your notebook computer and it will work with the free high speed Wi-Fi system. Cordless phones will not work as they kick you off the Wi-Fi since they are on the same frequency. This was our 10th year and the Whitfords from Reed City, MI, were there most every evening to provide music. Every one gets to know everybody else and it is really a great place to spend some time. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
What a great place! Everyone is friendly and introduces themselves. At 8 most evenings there was live music in the museum followed by a camp fire. The view across the valley was wonderful with the far mountains about 17 miles away. And talk about quiet: I never even heard a jet overhead. There was almost no traffic on the ranch road out front. There was even security with a deputy sheriff living here. One afternoon, I just went over to the store/office, bought a cold beer for $1.25 and set on the porch in a rocker, reading. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $19.00
As a frequent Big Bend National Park visitor, I have stayed here on many occasions over the past 4-5 years. This year I was pleasantly surprised by the new WiFi booster that allows me to use my computer in my travel trailer. It is probably the best WiFi performance I've had at any RV park. And, considering that you can't get a cell phone signal here, it's pretty impressive! You won't meet any nicer people anywhere (campers and staff) than you will meet at this park. I have developed some close friendships over the years and now consider this place like a second home. One camper compared their experience here to being at summer camp. No, it's not the fanciest place, but it is honest and fun. As many of us often remark, people either "get it" or they don't. The ones that do are rewarded with an incredible camping experience. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $19.00
This is a very unusual RV park, right at the north entrance to Big Bend National Park. It's part of an old working ranch, and has a lot of history to it. It is not fancy, but the people who own it, and those who come back year after year, make it worth a stay. The only downside is that the restrooms and showers need some upgrading. They have a store with a few grocery items, and gasoline, but you had better plan on bringing everything else you may need with you because the closest town is Marathon, which is 45 miles north, and the closest grocery store is Alpine, which is 75 miles northwest. WiFi can be obtained near the store, but it's doubtful that you will get any cell signal. This place is a real diamond in the rough, but it's fun and very interesting, and we will definitely go back. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $16.00
This RV park is great. The museum is very interesting and gives you a feel for what it was like to live in the area many years ago. The Stillwell family still runs the park and love to talk about the history of the area. The mornings and evenings in the desert are beautiful. We were the only RV in the park and loved the isolation. It was very quiet and the stars at night were fantastic. The park is close to Big Bend National Park and is convenient in that respect. My sister recommended that we stay here. We will stay here again. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $16.00
We like staying at places that are not like any other, and Stillwell fit the bill. We arrived at the end of spring break and stayed in the almost empty W&E sites ("The Strip"). Prefer the elbow room rather than FHUs and being packed in between Class A's. Loved the delightful musical entertainment, but be forewarned: your participation, at least on the Saturday night we attended, is required (singing or dancing). A lot of fun. We were happy we stayed here rather than moving into the park as spaces opened up. The museum is interesting; the outdoor cafe wasn't open; the store is pretty bare bones, so stock up ahead of time. The electric boxes in our part of the strip were brand new and worked well; water pressure was, indeed low, but it is the desert after all. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $16.00
We stayed at this park based upon the reviews we read. The park is part of the 12,000 acre Stillwell Ranch. We stayed in a W&E only site. The “campground” is basically a very large gravel parking lot with side-by-side hookups. The W&E sites are located across the street from the store. The very limited FHU sites are next to the store and are also site-by-side hookups on gravel. Electric was so-so. Our surge guard protector kicked in and shut power to the rig twice. Water pressure was low, so much so that you didn’t need a pressure regulator. Free Wi-Fi is available in the store area and was very good. No Verizon cell phone access. The Stillwell family is very welcoming and accommodating. People have been coming here for years for that reason and not because of the campground or its facilities. There are scheduled lectures given by the park service since the family has a very tight relationship with the park; guests provide musical entertainment; a local rancher and archaeologist may also give a lecture. We arrived four days before the start of spring break. The W&E sites were nearly empty. However, the W&E sites filled up with the start of spring break which made it feel very crowded especially with side-by-side hookups. Nevertheless, it is a good place to stay based upon the location. Avoid spring break or other major holidays and you’ll be fine. We would camp here again if we were in the area. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $16.00
Better than the sites we checked out in Big Bend. Close enough to the park for sightseeing. Family friendly and extremely "homey". We were happy that Big Bend NP was full. We camped at Stillwell Store and RV Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Visit the Hallie Stillwell Museum on the property and watch the video about her and the ranch; she was a true Texas legend and this place has some unique history. Drive through Black Gap WMA to the Mexican border for stunning solitude and scenery. Gasoline can be purchased in the park, but fill up in Marathon (north) or in Terlingua (west). Bring groceries; the nearest store is 52 miles north [Marathon] or camp stores in the park at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village.Jolly Out There • March 2015
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