6 Parks near Big Bend National Park, Texas
Oct 2016 - $35.00
We arrived late October and found reservations probably would not have been necessary. Winter is the busy season - Late November through March. It was nice having a reserved site for our 40' unit so we could park diagonally next to 2 45' rigs also parked diagonally. Good power and water pressure. Sewer had non standard horizontal entrance encumbered by a curb all around requiring uphill drainage. Maybe designed in the days before elbows on drain systems. Two nights we watched the javelinas grazing on the irrigated grass nearby. Good WIFI and well stocked store. Gas and Diesel available at an expected elevated price. - easydoesit
Jun 2016 - $37.00
Parking lot with hookups. Very useful in early June as the temps were at 100 all three days we were there. Just a parking lot, nothing more. I would not have boondocked at this time of year as it is just plain too hot. We found the stars to be unbelievable. They were the brightest and most sparkling I have ever seen. - steammaker
Jun 2016 - $36.00
Park has become very run down since they turned it over to the private firm, no maintenance has or is being done, no one cleans up the lot from debris. We planned a week, left after 2 days, constant power outages, some low, some high, some involving the entire park. Loved this park years ago, but cannot recommend. - mlg2919
Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834 (map) | (432) 477-1121
Sites: 100 | Latest Rate: $14.00 | 32 Reviews
Dec 2016 - $14.00
This campground is literally a few hundred yards from the Rio Grande and Mexico. So close that Mexicans from Boquillas Del Carmen leave crafts and walking sticks for sale on hiking / walking trails. We thoroughly enjoyed the sunsets and night sky viewing in the campground. When we reserved online through recreation.gov, we selected a spot in the no-generator section which was described as being 45 feet in length. Upon arrival this site couldn't accommodate our 30 foot 5th wheel as the tree limbs were much too low for any RV. Luckily, plenty of availability in the first come - first served sites. Recommend not reserving in the no-generator sites which are too shaded for solar panel use (counter intuitive). - Sasquatchewan
Mar 2016 - $37.00
RV Park at Rio Grande Village is not operated by the Park Serivce but rather a concessionaire. Full hookups in the RV area -- sewer connections are terrible, and very tight spaces on an all asphalt 'parking lot'. The fairway -- horizontal driveway between rows of trailers -- is extremely tight and difficult to use when parking. Wifi is avaiIable only in the laundry and store -- not in the RV park. I do not recommend the 'Rio Grande Village' RV lot. - JP Swoope
Feb 2016 - $7.00
If it is just your desire to stay in the National Park, then this is all right. You get a level spot with a nice picnic table. There is a dump station as well. Arrive early if you need a certain spot or better yet, make reservations. Our rate reflects senior pass discount. There are some nice Campgrounds outside the national park with full hook-ups if you need them, and they are not any further from some of the popular trails. - mehailey
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
1 Main St Terlingua, Texas 79852 (map) | (432) 371-2218
Sites: 131 | Latest Rate: $29.00 | 76 Reviews
Nov 2016 - $29.00
We stayed two nights here. The bathrooms are dank and unappealing. The showers are $2.00 for 6 minutes. I refused to use the facilities.
The water faucet to a neighboring site had been broken off by another RVer a week earlier; he took the site we were assigned and reported it to the office, but they put just a shut-off valve on it, not another faucet. Because he was in our site, we had to futz about for another site. They assigned that site again to another RVer, who also complained to the office and had to move to another site.
Although some sites had a picnic table, ours did not.
Wi-Fi is available -- at the cafe, but not at the sites. Cell service is spotty.
The cafe food was mediocre. - Oregon5er
Oct 2016 - $29.00
This place is a great location for visiting Big Bend National Park, just 3 miles from the west entrance. It was easy to pull in and out. The staff were nice however they were not very accommodating. It was not a busy time and the place was fairly empty. They assigned us an unsuitable spot due to trees in the way. We don't mind a back-in spot but there were several pull-through sites that were empty but they told us they were not available. We found a suitable back-in spot(56). The pull through sites were never occupied the entire time we were there, so that was very annoying. The place was all dirt roads with gravel sites for the RV. The picnic tables were falling apart and our site did not even have one so we had to carry one over from another site. There is some kind of sewer plant nearby that stinks terribly when the wind blows. The electricity surged twice while we were there and we also encountered low voltage. The water was terrible. It had an awful taste, could not suds up while shampooing and very hard to rinse soap off. All in all not a good experience. Next time we will go elsewhere. - SNL
Oct 2016 - $26.00
Stayed here to visit Big Bend National Park.
As per previous reviews, the sites are dirt and gravel pull-thrus for the most part. We had some minor issues with the 30-amp service, but maintenance was at our site within minutes to correct the problem. Unfortunately, the 30-amp service was a bit weak and we had to use our auto-former to maintain voltage / amperage in our camper. - thetravelkids
Dec 2016 - $28.00
Very small park in the desert so expect dust and cactus. Very friendly staff. Laundry room very small. Okay for overnight while checking out scenic Big Bend National Park. No discounts available and price seems high. Nice large sites with FHU. - Tricia M.
Oct 2016 - $28.00
Stayed 3 nights. Only saw management once, and that was to pay the bill. I am surprised at all the reviews praising customer service. Hookups and wifi worked well. No cable. Verizon signal was good. The park was like a very generously spaced parking lot. Don't think I'd return. - BosRv
Mar 2016 - $28.00
One of the best parks ever! There is no pool, no kids area, no store, no dog play area, really nothing outstanding. The sites are level, water and WiFi excellent. There is no grass (this is Terlingua) and only small trees. What makes this park outstanding is the people. It is immaculately clean, the manager cleans the dust off the picnic tables daily, and the laundry facilities are excellent. The owner guided us to hiking trails that weren't on any maps. They grilled ribs for the whole park one night, with everyone bringing a side dish. Also, the snowbirds are very friendly and welcoming. Many have been coming here for years. One has been coming to BJ's for over 30 years. One of the things I noticed was the lack of dust. Dust is a problem many places when the wind is blowing, and it always is. Somehow, we had no dust, and that is a big consideration. Not everyone will appreciate Terlingua, Big Bend, or BJ's, but we loved it. - hudsonguy