Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground)

     


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

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $14 12/2014


Latitude: 29.1809600243569
Longitude: -102.957268953323

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

26 Reviews

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LifeRebooted

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This part of the campground has no hookups but also has two areas, one for generator use (8am-8pm) and no generator use. We were in the generator area so we were able to charge our batteries during the day. It's a beautiful campground, reminiscent of a state park with lots of space between sites. Our site had a couple of trees but no leaves since it was december. Pets are not allowed on any of the trails in Big Bend, but they are allowed anywhere a car can go. Since the campground is pretty large, there is a lot of space to walk them without feeling restricted. There are dumpsters throughout the park, making it easy to throw away trash. They also recycle at the entrance to the campground. There is a water/dump site about 0.25 miles before the entrance to the campground. There are bathrooms at the campground, but no showers. The store which is about 0.5 miles away has pay showers available. The bathrooms also have a sink for washing dishes. Even without hookups, we really liked this campground. It's large, quiet, and the view is incredible. We saw lots of roadrunners and a bobcat in the campground. The park hosts here are super-friendly. At night, the lack of light pollution makes this a fantastic place to view the stars. We would stay here again. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Take the Rio Grande Nature Trail, less than a mile long, about 30 minutes before sunset. Watching the sun set over the canyon is quite beautiful. In the winter (we were there in december), the weather changes drastically. Mornings start at around 40 degrees, but warms up to 65-75 by afternoon. Dress in layers.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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obxblond

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

No hookups but a section of the campground does allow generator use from 8am - 8pm. Sites are large and most have some shade for part of the day. Very windy and dusty. Wind storm came through one night and dust stayed in air for 3 days. Plenty of trails to explore in park but most are located away from this section of park. Campground is right next to Rio Grande River. Some illegal entry apparent - trails around campground have Mexican crafts available with 'donation'. I encountered some crossing river to check on their 'donations' but did not feel threatened by them. Pay showers available at the store - $1.50 for 5 minutes and laundry available at the store as well. Other campgrounds in park do not have showers available. Despite what some might feel are inconveniences, Big Bend is a must see Park. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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DD Rolling Ranch

Review Count: 99
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

$7 per night was for a primitive site at the Rio Grande Village campground using the Golden Age Passport. Dirt/gravel sites are mostly level. Each site has a picnic table and BBQ grill but no wood fires are allowed - ever. Heavy vegetation surrounds the campground and there are spectacular views throughout the 800,000 acre NP. If it’s a clear night, the sky is brilliant with stars. It’s over 60 miles to the nearest town so stock up on supplies before arriving. There are a couple of camp stores if you’re stuck for something. They have a surprising selection, and gasoline/diesel is available but prices are, of course, higher. If you like hiking there are many miles of trails within the park. Biking is allowed on the many roads that allow vehicles. Spacing between the sites is very generous. There is no cell phone reception at all. Good Wi-Fi is available at the camp store. No OTA TV. There is an open-for-about-a-year border crossing into Boquillas, MX which takes you to the town where there are about 150 inhabitants. All the information you’ll need for a visit can be obtained at the camp store or visitor center. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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scottybdiving

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an oasis in the desert. Lots of nice shade trees and grassy areas. Generators are allowed from 8am - 8pm, except in generator free zone at the far end of the campground. The alternative RV park with hookups is literally a paved parking lot with tightly packed spaces and 90 degree back in spots. Dump station is nice but was a challenge for a 43' RV. . We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 298
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

There are over 100 sites some with shade and others like ours # 6 without. It was so hot the first day (high 90’s) that we were thinking of moving but it was a Saturday night and there were not too many options since the campground was almost full. Around 2 am winds came over 57 miles per hour and finally stopped in early morning and the temperature drop down to 73 so we didn’t move. The bath house was clean and the hosts work so hard meeting everyone that comes in and helping them get settled. You can see the Boquillas Canyon in the distance and walking the nature trail the Rio Grande and Mexico. There is a store and visitor center just down the road where there is also a campground with hookups but that is a private park. Big Bend National Park has so much to do and a huge area to cover. There are other campgrounds in the park so if you are planning to come here make sure you visit the NPS website to get all the information that you need. We used our America the Beautiful Pass so it costs us $7.00 per night. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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living large

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

If you don't mind not having utilities. phones, and wireless, this is a great campground..very pretty, lots of trees and very clean. There is a dump station and water available, just not at the individual sites. Wish we could have stayed longer. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Brian & Corky

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

The $7/night rate reflects our Senior Pass, regular rate is $14 still a good deal. This is a very nice National Park camp, plain and simple with a killer location so we stayed an extra day. There is a sewer dump station and water fill if needed. The camp host was very helpful and friendly. By restricting generator use and where you can use them kept the noise down. The dark skies made for great star gazing. Sites are large and not close together. Would return. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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pumper9x9

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice NPS campground with shade spots available. Paved roads and gravel sites. No phone, no wi-fi available in camp, but you can go over to the store and use the one there. Some of the roads are encroached on by trees, so you have to watch out when you drive around. This is the only spot in the park that a rig 36' and longer will fit that has generator hours. There's a dump station, and water is available around the park. Make reservations if you're going down in March/April. Also note that there are sites in this campground that do not allow generator use, so be sure and check before you book the site. I'd stay here again. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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CMD

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Nothing bad to say. Nice park, large spaces, lots of activities, nature, hiking, helpful staff everywhere. Even the limited services could not deter us. Nature, hikes, views are more than enough to overcome the lack of in park services that we have come to expect. Will return. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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travelnurse

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We thought this was one of our nation’s best National Park camping experiences. At first we were a little confused as to what sites were available and the reservation website was not very helpful. The season for Big Bend is the winter, so reservations can be made through April. However, in driving through the campground, we observed about only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the sites were available for reservation. We were here in mid February, which is close to high season. The campground was only half full. The bottom line, do not bother with reservations. The campground has low branches from lovely old trees and it is best to physically be able to see a site rather than trying to pick your site out from a map on the internet. There are actually 4 campgrounds at Big Bend. Two are not suitable for RVs larger than 20 to 25 feet. At the Rio Grande Village is another private vendor campground which has full hook ups. The RVs are side by side with little room for slide outs. However, if we were going to Big Bend in the summer, I would prefer to have these private sites and run AC. These sites were $33 per night when we visited. Since we were at Big Bend in February, we preferred camping in the spacious National Park sites at Rio Grande Village. The winter nights were pleasant and we ran our propane heat for just one cycle in the morning. There is a large generator free zone in the NP campground. Every spot has a storage locker and picnic table. The National Park campground has no water, sewer or electric hook up. The showers are located nearby as are laundry facilities and a small store. Big Bend has the darkest sky in the lower 48 & hundreds of stars are visible from the campground. The coyotes howl in the evening and one evening we scared several javelina as we walked back from sunset pictures. Every morning several road runners made their rounds. At this time Big Bend has not had any rain in 18 months so wood fires were prohibited. Big Bend is a huge, isolated park so you must be prepared to drive long distances. We gassed up in Alpine Texas before entering from the North. There is a gas available in the park for about 50 cent/gallon higher than in Alpine. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 134
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

It's a long haul to get to this campground right along the Rio Grande. About half the sites are first come, first served and the rest are reservable. The rate shown reflects a 50% discount for the senior pass. Bath houses were clean and there is a place in each one to wash dishes. All sites are dry camping with no hookups. The trees were starting to leaf out so we had some shade during the day. Liberal allowable generator hours were 8 am to 8 pm; a small portion of the campground is clearly marked No Generators. During our week-long stay in the high season, there were always sites available. Some sites on corners were pull through and the rest back-ins. Some people had cell service, but our Verizon data card got nothing, nor did the Tracfone work. Nor TV, nor radio. Visiting other parts of the park entails 20-50 miles of driving one way, but gas and other groceries (along with wi-fi) is available at the store in the village. We found this campground very quiet and relaxing and we'd definitely stay here again. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Altoflyfisher

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a very nice "boondock" park. We spent two nights in pull through site 75, which was adjacent to the camp host's site. Before we arrived, we were concerned about border security, since the Rio Grande flows adjacent to the park. However, our concerns were put aside after discussion with the camp host. Overall, the park is well maintained. The daytime high reached about 85-90F, but cooled off to less than 50F at night. Our Honda 2000 generator served us just fine. Several roadrunners visited our site. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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SteveCampsTx

Review Count: 69
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. We have stayed here over 20 times over the years. Sites are large and spaced far apart. There are no hook-ups, which is normal in a national park. They were flooding the areas for irrigation and several water birds found the place. Very unusual for the middle of the desert. We have solar panels on our trailer and they allowed us to run some of our electrical equipment without being in the full hook-up area. Rate reflects the Senior Discount. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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hoppytoad

Review Count: 138
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful RV park in Big Bend National Park. The sites are well-spaced apart, with a quiet hour of no generators from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am insuring a quiet evening (although a hot one if air conditioning is needed). A short drive of less than a quarter of a mile takes you to the showers, laundry and Wi-Fi access. It is best to be prepared with a bucket to carry dishwater to the appropriate site at the restrooms,which are reasonably close to all RV sites. A couple of cautions: Be sure you do not set up in the "No Generator" area if you wish to use your generator. Also if you have a large RV (our's is 40 foot.) Carefully scout the roads, before you choose your site, as some of the turns are too sharp for a long wheelbase. You can get where you wish, but it may take a little planning. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Consuelo Heath

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice National Park campground with no frills. If you are a willing to dry camp than this is very nice. There are clean restrooms but no showers. Potable water faucets are situated every few sites and so are pretty convenient to where ever you are. There are some sites with great shade, some with OK shade, and some with little, if any shade. I saw Class A's as big as 35 foot in the sites and there is an outer loop where you can situate bigger rigs. There is also a No Generator area if you don't want to listen to the hum. Saw campers from tents to pop-ups to pull-behinds to 5th wheels to coaches. The biggest issue with camping here is the climate. By early May, when we were here, daytime temps got up as high as 106! Best time to visit is in November. Early April would probably be good also. There is a store about .5 mile away with usual merchandise, including beer and ice cream, gas, and propane. Also, pay phones and free WiFi, which is good because there is no cellular coverage at this campground. IMO, this is a much better place to be than the Rio Grande RV Park, which is an asphalt parking lot with hookups. I guess it depends on what you like. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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  • Take the Rio Grande Nature Trail, less than a mile long, about 30 minutes before sunset. Watching the sun set over the canyon is quite beautiful. In the winter (we were there in december), the weather changes drastically. Mornings start at around 40 degrees, but warms up to 65-75 by afternoon. Dress in layers.

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