8.4 Good
     
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground)

Big Bend National Park, Texas


Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834
Phone: (432) 477-1121

Sites: 24
Recent Rate: $7 3/2017

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Latitude: 29.1371467
Longitude: -103.522681
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

7 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
09
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 224
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 186
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Very pleasant, very quiet campground. Pretty shade trees, Rio Grande flows by. No dump station, no generator use. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 157
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice Park Service campground, but there this is a no generator restriction for the whole campground. Not all the sites are big enough for a big rig, and it's a first come first served campground. It's a long way in to find that you won't fit anywhere. There's no phone and no wi-fi available, but there is good access to the west side of the park. You might consider camping just outside the park in some commercial parks if you need hook ups and big rig access. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 150
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the place to come if you want to get away from it all. Cottonwood is in the southwestern corner of Big Bend. There are no hookups and no generators are allowed. The toilets are pit-style. There is drinking water. It's well shaded with tall cottonwoods and has picnic tables. It's very, very quiet. We saw a pack of javelinas grazing near an unoccupied campsite. There's a store with camping supplies and food a half-mile away. It's a great place to see the stars. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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