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6 RV Parks near Big Bend National Park, Texas
Dec 2018 - $14.00
Rio Grande Village Campground: PROs: CG is well-maintained, inexpensive, safe, and mostly quiet when RV generators are turned off. It has easy access to several hiking and nature trails, and it's pitch-black, night-time skies make for wonderful stargazing. In addition, the CG's low elevation means daily temperatures are almost always pleasant from Nov thru Feb. CONs: In this older, mixed-use CG, not all sites are engineered for today's larger RVs; not all parking pads are perfectly level; not all sites have shade trees; there are no electric, water, or sewer sites; and there is no cell service. Note: About a two-dozen, closely-spaced, back-in, side-by-side, full-hookup sites are available in the narrow parking lot that's adjacent to the CG's small general store. Bottom Line: The CG has a 14-day limit - try to stay as long as possible. - Kona Boy
Nov 2018 - $14.00
Access to the park was good. Signage was great. Check in was quick and easy. We checked in at the visitor center where we could use a credit card. Perimeter roads were paved and in good condition. Our site, 54, was a paved "back in". It came with a table and a food storage bin (that we used to store our beer cooler in). Because we have opposing slides we placed the left side wheels off of the pavement thus we were not level. Our auto-leveling jacks compensated easily. This is a very quiet park. At night, it was so dark you could almost touch the stars. We checked the bath houses and found they were clean. The park was well maintained. Wifi is available at the store but it was very poor. We didn't bother after the second attempt to log on. We had no Verizon cell service and out Verizon Mifi could not get a signal either. Showers and laundry are also available at the store. There are no restaurants within walking distance but if you cross the Rio Grande and make your way to Boquillas Del Carman, a little Mexican Village, we had a great lunch. We paid $14.00 per night and feel that we got good value for our dollar. We would return if in the area. - Rollin Ollens
Apr 2018 - $7.00
Beautiful campground with a lot of campsites suitable for tents, trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes. As the sites vary a lot, I suggest using the government reservation web site and Google Earth. May need to maneuver larger rigs around trees. Generator hours are 8am to 8pm. They have dishwashing stations which are great for saving water in fresh water and holding tanks. There is a great Nature trail off site 18 to see the Big bend in the Rio Grande river and the Mexican Village across the river. If in need of full hookups, the Rio Grande Village RV park next door keeps 5 sites first come, first serve. - NanciRV
Oct 2018 - $35.00
As mentioned before, this is a parking lot with full hookups. It served our purpose allowing us to hit all of the loops and several off road trails. We came back to an air conditioned RV after a day of hiking and Jeeping. - RJ56
Oct 2018 - $35.00
This is a campground which allows you to use your air conditioner while inside Big Bend. It is a parking lot but has full hookups. We were there in October and temps 95-100 so the AC was sure nice. No complaints because the place served its purpose for us. - busyteach
May 2018 - $46.00
You can't beat staying at a National Park with full hook ups. The park is massive with incredible views. The campground is located on the east side of the park, so unless you have a towed car, you will be driving your RV a lot as it is a big park. While they have a couple of gas stations, they are about $.40 more than outside the park. The signs outside the park said that the campground was full, but they do have some non-reserveable sites. While were there in May, the high temperature was 100 each day, so it can very hot. - Dan6942
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
Mar 2017 - $7.00
A green quiet oasis along the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park - really pleasant change from the mostly desert gravel in most campgrounds in the area. Good birdwatching. Big cottonwood trees and some mesquite provide shade for some sites. Javelinas wander through the campground on a regular basis. Convenient location to be at Santa Elena Canyon by sunrise (8 miles on down the road). Also convenient to drive "Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive" - listed in National Geographic most scenic routes in America. Sites were a bit small - great for us and our trailer, but we saw a couple motorhomes drive the loop and leave because sites large enough for them were taken. All first come first serve. We'd camp at Cottonwood again! - Trailer_Traveler
Jan 2017 - $7.00
This is a dry, no generator camp. Sites are level but few can handle rigs over 30'. Ranger presence was very noticeable in a good way. Birds and wildlife are abundant in the park. We found this park to be awesome. - illini777
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
Sites: 131 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 101 Reviews
Dec 2018 - $34.00
If you manage your expectations properly, you'll probably enjoy your stay. In our research we considered staying at another RV park and after driving by it we're so glad we chose this campground instead - there's no comparison. We were in the area specifically to experience Big Bend National Park, and this campground met our needs perfectly. Our first day in the park we dropped the RV at Panther Junction visitor center (which was closed thanks to the shutdown) and drove to Boquillas Canyon, Hot Springs and other trails on the east side. After that, everything else we wanted to see and do was easily manageable from this RV park location. We've learned words like "park" and "resort" are to be taken with a grain of salt. As others have mentioned, this is a big sand parking lot, but you're in the middle of the desert. Sites are pretty close to each other, but we were only there in the early morning and later in the evening. Interior roads are some of the widest we've seen, very easy to navigate to our back-in site, somewhat level. Internet in the game room was fast during our stay, and sufficient for checking weather and researching hikes. We had no Verizon signal at our site, which was fine since that's what we expected and planned for. - Roaming Together
Dec 2018 - $42.00
We have camped a lot across the country both in state and private parks. I typically give RV Park owners a wide degree of latitude on their reviews and providing reasonable facilities. When I was researching this place Before coming out here, I found mixed reviews. I can honestly say this park far is the worst “resort” I have ever spent money at and will not be back.
This campground is located conveniently off of the highway and obviously caters to the transient traveler that are visiting Big Bend. The rates they charge are very high and you get very little in amenities. I guess common courtesy costs extra but I didn’t see that as an option when I booked my site.
The RV sites give you a place to hook up and thats about it. The sites really close, gravel pads which are kinda level and they mixed in with tent campers and cabin/motel rooms. This was a fun experience. The shouting, dog barking, flash light beams in your eyes and having your minor daughter get to see a grown man pee behind their dumpster. This is one classy “resort”.
Cell service is spotty out here and you would think that a “resort” would at least have WiFi at their rates. Nope. The only place you can access WiFi is in their “clubhouse” behind the office.
I found that there are a bunch of other places in the area that cater to RV’rs. Just sayin. - Pigcrib
Apr 2018 - $35.00
The Big Bend area is desert and dusty, so we didn't see any real pretty campgrounds. This campground is truly a dust bowl. They put us in sites 95 and 96 which was right behind their 24 hour sewage plant, making noise all night. Not very many trash receptacles. Place was extremely busy on the weekend. The only plus in staying here was the close proximity to entrance to park. - Joyce Denke
Nov 2018 - $32.00
We chose this park because of the previous reviews. We didn't expect too much as it was listed just as a good place to use as a base. We expected to find a clean, maintained, serviced place to park. Access to the park is good. Signage from the highway is adequate. The welcome sign telling you how, and where, to pay was small and low. We missed it. The "Office" is partially built.....no walls...just a chair and a desk under a roof. But no one used it anyway. During our two day stay we did not see anyone official just a few other guests. One of the permanents explained to us how and where to pay. The perimeter roads are rutted dirt with small arroyos forming. Our site (9) was reasonably level, narrow, weed covered dirt. It came with a table. The utilities did work as expected. We poked out heads into the washrooms and they appeared to be maintained but the grounds were disgusting. There was doggy doo everywhere. Garbage bins overflowing. The utility area for our site and others was ringed with stone that was falling apart. Weeds filled the ring. This is high desert and we did not expect much in the way of foliage. This park seems to be just a cash cow. No attempt at maintenance or even a slight bit of beautification has been made. It's a $20.00 park in my opinion. Verizon cell service was limited. Our Verizon Jet Pack could not pick up a signal. The Camps internet was hopeless most times. There are no restaurants or services nearby. We paid $32.00 night and will not return. - Rollin Ollens
Oct 2018 - $32.00
Its 101 degrees and they turned the water off. Never told us ahead of time so we could prepare. After 24 hrs it was still off. Manager was never to be seen. The showers if available are $4.00. The pits. - cmw
Apr 2018 - $32.00
We made reservations which required one night deposit via snail mail using a check. BJ's accepts only cash or checks. Upon arrival, the signage wasn't clear to us, then saw the sign to register in the clubhouse laundry area. I had called the number and the owner told us what site. Site was reasonably level, hooks ups good and the water good. The bathroom/shower is in clubhouse. We didn't use but it was clean. Two washers and dryers in clubhouse also. Honor system $2.50 per load and both worked well. Clubhouse very clean and has a little library to leave or exchange books. - cchall112