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Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground)

Big Bend National Park, Texas


Cottonwood Campground Rd
Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 24
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 29.13715
Longitude: -103.52268

Elevation: 2130' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Details

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7 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
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: 266
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 44

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: 34
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 220
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 43

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: 17

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: 227
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 45

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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