4 Parks near Big Bend National Park, Texas
Apr 2015 - $14.00
The National Park Service advises trailers up to only 20 feet and RVs only up to 24 feet. In reality, there are very few sites that will accommodate either. The back-in sites look to be about 15-16 feet. The pull out sites are really nothing more than a wide spot in the road - and in some cases, not all that wide. This is really a tent campground - and the tent sites are pretty good. The restrooms are clean but no showers and only cold water in the sinks. There is a water shortage and the Park Service asks that people limit themselves to 5 gallons of water per person per day. This is an CCC-era National Park campground, so there is no electric and no sewer. Each of the camp sites has its own "bear box". There is a small store up the hill with basics like ice, bread and soda. Big Bend National Park is pretty far from just about everything so the people that come here seem to be friendly and responsible campers, no unreasonable noise and respectful all around. - Teardrop11
Nov 2014 - $7.00
Beautiful setting. The road into the campground was steep in places with severe switchbacks toward the southern end and is not recommended for RVs longer than 24 ft. The sites were mostly short and not level. The dump station was under construction and not usable. Would have stayed longer but it was so very cold I headed south to Castolon. - mockturtle
Aug 2014 - $14.00
Rate is full rate for dry camping. Senior Pass is $7 per night. Excellent tent campground. Fair campground for small pop-ups, travel trailers and motorhomes. Pull-through sites are really just parking along wide spot in road. Road side slides may not work. Small rigs only. Though some up to 30' will fit a few spots - they won't be level. No real level RV parking anywhere in campground. There are no showers available at any NPS campground in Big Bend NP. Only pay showers at Rio Grande Village. The scenery, and cooler weather in summer, makes Chisos Basin worth a visit. - PawPaw
May 2015 - $14.00
Cottonwood Campground is the western, smaller of the two campgrounds on the Rio Grande River. It is in a barbed wire enclosure in a mesquite thicket. It is a level grassy area with a number of large cottonwood trees. Many, but not all, camp sites have shade. There is a Nat'l Park Visitors Center and a small store nearby, where one can get ice and sodas. The pit toilets are very clean. There is a single "Filtered Water" spigot near the entrance to the campground. There are a number of other water spigots distributed around the campground with signs reading "Non-potable Water". The Ranger said the water was actually safe to drink from these spigots, but tastes bad. Each of the camp sites has its own "bear box". There is no electric, no sewer and no dump. The road in the campground is gravel and dusty when people drive too fast. In the spring, Cottonwood Campground is a birding hot spot with many bird watchers coming through during the day. - Teardrop11
Nov 2014 - $7.00
Very pleasant, very quiet campground. Pretty shade trees, Rio Grande flows by. No dump station, no generator use. - mockturtle
Apr 2014 - $7.00
This is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities (even the small towns). Just a few yards from the Rio Grande, this no-generator campground is ideal for bird watchers and folks just wanting to relax. Thankfully, we stayed in a site shaded by large cottonwood trees. Daytime highs were in the upper 90s with lows around 70. Our fellow campers were quiet. The campground gets lots of day use from birders. Some may intrude on your site but most respect the invisible boundaries. The price reflects the National Park Service's Senior Pass rate (50% off). We'll definitely return, ideally when the temps are a little more moderate. - Desert Beacon
Big Bend National Park, Texas (map) | (432) 477-1121
Sites: 100 | Latest Rate: $14.00 | 26 Reviews
Feb 2016 - $14.00
As an essentially un-serviced NPS campground, this place is about average. The campground hosts are around a lot and can be very helpful. At each site, you get a more-or-less level pad, a table, and a bear box to store food items and cooking utensils. Generators are permitted between 8 AM and 8 PM in part of the campground. Some sites are drive-through loops off the road, but most are back-ins. Read the web site carefully about size. Most sites have a bit of shade, but mostly they are exposed. We had no problem with a satellite TV connection. Forget about cell phone, or AM or FM radio. For laundry, use the nearby Rio Grande Village store facility, which is large and pretty good. Don't go to this park for the campground. Go for the rest of the truly awesome park. - wandrr
Jan 2016 - $7.00
This park is way out there by itself. A real long way. Long drive but the remote feeling is part of the appeal, not for everyone I imagine. Pleasant campground, trees, grass. Nice camp hosts. What made it worth the drive for me was the tremendous night time sky. The ranger talk claimed it was the darkest sky in the lower 48 states. Exceptional view of the milky way. I know nothing about astronomy but enjoyed the bright, clear view. - abqnm
Nov 2015 - $7.00
Very pretty park, and quiet. There are no utilities available. I stayed in the no generator section, and it is nicely insulated from the generator area, so you can barely hear them. There is lots of shade and a fair amount of privacy. Not too many long sites, but width-wise, there is lots of space between sites. There are pay showers about a half mile away at the little camp store. There is also gas, propane, and free wifi at the store, which is nice at such a remote place. The wifi worked well. There is no cell signal for miles. This is a great place if you like rustic and being away from civilization. The camp hosts were wonderful. There are some water taps in the campground, but you can't attach a hose. There is a dump station and potable water available at the entrance to the campground. - KAP99
Jan 2016 - $35.00
This campground is basically a parking lot for campers but we'll worth it if you want the hookups. Even in January the a/c came in handy as the temp hit 83 degrees. The grassy area behind the camper made up for the bare parking spot. We had a nice shady area to sit under. The store was convienent and had wifi service if you got close enough to it. Absolutely no cell phone service unless you drove 20 miles back to the main visitor center.
As others have said the drive in is long but there are fuel stations in 3 spots in the park.
If you want to see a lot of the park you need at least 3 full days because it is so big. If you want to dry camp the other Rio Grande Village without hookups is very nice.
We would stay again. - John Borajkiewicz
Jun 2015 - $35.00
The sites were oddly laid out, but easily accessible by any size or configuration rig. Please note its about two hours from Marathon to campground, and over an hour once in the park. It is remote. Stars are awesome. Water,electric and sewer at every site. Laundry also open 24 hours if needed. Had a grew time, but whew. Hot..... - 7 on the road
May 2015 - $35.00
I was surprised we liked it as much as we did based on other reviews. We were in a 40 foot motor home and found the spaces more than adequate for our 4 slides. The site was paved as were the roads in and out and all level. This is the only place in the park with full hook ups. There is a nice convenience store with all the basic grocery items you would need. There are large trees and grassy areas that you back up to but not around the sites. There are only 25 RV sites so book early. The park is big so it took an hour to the rv village park from the entrance. Internet was available at the Chisos Mt Lodge but not in the RV park. No cable. For the most part you are off the grid.
We'd recommend the park. - Tahoewinegirl