To clarify precious reviews: Yes, two gift shops and same owner. The western gift shop has free camping, but no hookups. Some spots have a shady pavilion,and there are some teepees you could stay in for free, too. The eastern gift shop offers electric, 30amp, which does work, for $10. Neither has much in the way of food, just some candy bars, sodas and a six pack or two of Budweiser. Our kids (1, 3, and 12) had fun playing in the teepees and random petrified wood about the place. Great spot for a night or two while exploring the national park.
This is a hard park to review. On hand, the woman who runs and owns the place is a really nice person. She went out of her way to tell us all about fun things to do in the surrounding country side, what was the best and safest way to head into Mexico for a trip to Del Rio's sister city, and even checked on us after we'd set up to make sure everything was all good. There is also a little bar in the RV Park that my wife and I found very convenient and full of a variety of interesting folks to talk to about everything from politics to football to just plain b/sing. However, the park itself is, well, nothing special. The free Wi-Fi they offer only works in the office, so I don't consider it to be Wi-Fi at all. The picnic table we happened to be lucky enough to get was really, really grotty, and I'm talking nasty for a picnic table. The showers and bathrooms wouldn't fly in a prison. Overall, I enjoyed the park because we're not really all that picky about the little things, but if the owners would just do a little to clean things up they could have a real winner here.
Okay, this has been one of the greatest parks in which we've ever stayed. The staff is incredibly friendly, and practically took our 7 year old son in as one of their own. The whole town, in fact, mimics this ambiance of camaraderie and though we intended to stay for only a weekend before heading to Big Bend National Park, we ended up sticking around for a month. There's a cafe right in the park with good food and bad coffee. The bathrooms and showers are immaculately clean, and the owner has really put his all into adding those little finishing touches all around the park that make it more than just a place to plug in for a day. In particular is this really grand courtyard, all adobe, the key aspect of which is a large fireplace (not just a pit) situated at the north end. The owners supply the wood, you can sit in quaint little handmade wooden rocking chairs and they even light the fire for you if you don't get to it yourself by 6:30pm or so. I really loved this campground and could go on forever about the place. If you're going to Big Bend or just passing through Western Texas, I'd highly recommend this place.
This is what I consider an RV Parking Lot. There is little more than 4 or 5 feet between you and the next rig. The playground is small but adequate. The pool is nice and big, but there are excessive rules keeping children out of the pool. For example, it's open from 8am to 10pm, but kids are only allowed (even supervised), from 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm. If you're old and hate to see the sight of youth alive, then you might be into it, but we were a bit put off. No one is out and about, mingling, just endless RVs parked in a row. El Paso is nothing to brag about either. All in all, we'll skip El Paso if we can next time.