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7 RV Parks near Big Bend National Park, Texas
May 2019 - $37.00
We stayed here at the end of April 2019, in a 30' Class C. The site was very nice, but not much shade. It gets REALLY hot in the afternoon. The hook-ups were easy to access, power was good, and the water was cold. All the sites are back-in. Wi-fi was spotty, as was phone service. We had to drive 20 miles back to Panther Junction to get phone service. Easy access to Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, with good food and cold margaritas. Good place to see "miles and miles of Texas" and good stargazing at night. We had to leave early, due to a family emergency back home, and the staff was very helpful, offered the use of their landline. We would definitely return. Plan to go in the early spring (but avoid spring break, very crowded) or late fall. This place gets very hot in the summer. It is the Texas desert, after all! - DreamBoat 30
Apr 2019 - $35.00
If you’re considering staying in this RV campground, you’re intrigued by/to know about Big Bend. The beauty and vastness of the landscape will most certainly make your drive and campground stay worth it! That being said, you’re coming to experience the park - not the campground. As long as you manage your campground expectations, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy your time at Big Bend.
The campground is a parking lot with water, electric, sewer hookups and picnic tables in the grass/dirt area behind each spot. (Note: This campground and village store is NOT run by the National Park service. Rather, it’s run by a private management company.) The management company doesn’t active manage the RV campground, thus, there are several issues to take into consideration.
1. Ants. The campground is an easy food and water source for ants. If you travel with permethrin, you can handle this issue yourself (to a degree).
2. Storm water Drainage. There is none. In the off-chance you experience a rain while you are here, the water will pool in the middle of the parking lot getting 12” high in places. There is nowhere for the water to run and no drain for it to escape through. Standing water combined with nearby sewage doesn’t make for pleasant smells.
3. No privacy or real room to sit outside. After all, you’re in a parking lot. If you take advantage of all the park has to offer, this won’t be an issue. You’ll be out from sunrise to well after sunset.
If you have Boondocking capacities, I’d consider those sites. Either way, don’t let the RV campground be a deterrent... Experiencing Big Bend is a must! - KMCC
Oct 2018 - $35.00
As mentioned before, this is a parking lot with full hookups. It served our purpose allowing us to hit all of the loops and several off road trails. We came back to an air conditioned RV after a day of hiking and Jeeping. - RJ56
Mar 2019 - $7.00
Park is right next to the Rio Grande River. Pretty Flat but clean. When we were there, it was Spring Break week. It was maxed but everyone obeyed the generator quiet rules and were very nice. It has a lot of cottonwoods but some are dying, rather sad. Just up the road on the way in is a Store with gas and diesel. It was actually cheaper than Marathon. Be careful as they do enforce the speed limits. Several were pulled over. It was quiet, and peaceful. Bring anything and everything you need because there is not much at the store. I will be back! - Gearitis
Dec 2018 - $14.00
Rio Grande Village Campground: PROs: CG is well-maintained, inexpensive, safe, and mostly quiet when RV generators are turned off. It has easy access to several hiking and nature trails, and it's pitch-black, night-time skies make for wonderful stargazing. In addition, the CG's low elevation means daily temperatures are almost always pleasant from Nov thru Feb. CONs: In this older, mixed-use CG, not all sites are engineered for today's larger RVs; not all parking pads are perfectly level; not all sites have shade trees; there are no electric, water, or sewer sites; and there is no cell service. Note: About a two-dozen, closely-spaced, back-in, side-by-side, full-hookup sites are available in the narrow parking lot that's adjacent to the CG's small general store. Bottom Line: The CG has a 14-day limit - try to stay as long as possible. - Kona Boy
Nov 2018 - $14.00
Access to the park was good. Signage was great. Check in was quick and easy. We checked in at the visitor center where we could use a credit card. Perimeter roads were paved and in good condition. Our site, 54, was a paved "back in". It came with a table and a food storage bin (that we used to store our beer cooler in). Because we have opposing slides we placed the left side wheels off of the pavement thus we were not level. Our auto-leveling jacks compensated easily. This is a very quiet park. At night, it was so dark you could almost touch the stars. We checked the bath houses and found they were clean. The park was well maintained. Wifi is available at the store but it was very poor. We didn't bother after the second attempt to log on. We had no Verizon cell service and out Verizon Mifi could not get a signal either. Showers and laundry are also available at the store. There are no restaurants within walking distance but if you cross the Rio Grande and make your way to Boquillas Del Carman, a little Mexican Village, we had a great lunch. We paid $14.00 per night and feel that we got good value for our dollar. We would return if in the area. - Rollin Ollens
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
Mar 2017 - $7.00
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! - Trailer_Traveler
Jan 2017 - $7.00
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. - illini777
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 2019 - $44.00
We stayed at Paisano's for 4 nights. This is a small but very new RV park (it doesn't even show up on Google satellite images!). The pull-through was long and level, and there was a nice concrete "patio" where we put our lounge chairs. The hookups were all good. The WiFi is remarkably good and seemed very reliable. The campground host saw water leaking from our RV and called us (luckily, we were in cell phone range). It was a minor issue but their quick reaction and effort to contact us speaks volumes... these are great people! If there was any construction going on, I never saw it. The place is clean and while the pull-through seemed a little narrow, it never became a problem, even with our slide-outs. If they have other facilities, we didn't see them or use them. Given what we did see/use, I'd give them 5-stars. They advertise the RV park as a Dark Sky park, which we were looking forward to. But the light on the rear of the office pretty much ruined our astrophotography. Easily solved: we should have asked them to turn it off. But that's not enough to lower my rating. Highly, highly recommended! - RobtL
Nov 2019 - $44.00
The owners and park host were very friendly and accommodating. All of the sites are level. Wifi works great. It's small park close to the entrance of Big Bend. Terlingua is an excellent location for visiting the National Park. Only a couple miles to the entrance on the west side. - Sunluvr
Oct 2019 - $44.00
This park is just a few miles west of the entrance to Big Bend National Park and is a good base camp for exploring the park. The site was okay, fairly long and level, just a little narrow. While there was a concrete patio area there was no table provided. We also had one of the three rooms in the "Inn" which was very nice. There are no other amenities provided but there is a beautiful view for star gazing. Utilities were fine and easily accessible. We would return. - starwind
Sites: 131 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 104 Reviews
Mar 2019 - $39.00
We stayed here because all the campgrounds in Big Bend National Park were full. It's a convenient base for visiting the park and exploring the Big Bend area, but it's an average campground at best. The staff are friendly and helpful enough, but the owners don't seem to be putting much of an effort into keeping the park up. Example: the laundry room is only open from 9 to 5, which is pretty inconvenient if you're trying to see the area. Furthermore, many of the dryers don't dry. The restrooms are also not well kept. Only one shower was working, and one day one toilet in the men's room was backed up and the other one was running. The sites are reasonably level and a decent size, but nothing special. You're in the desert, so there's no shade. If you spend most of your time in the national park and just sleep here, you'll be okay. - Thriller
Feb 2019 - $44.00
To call this RV Park a "Resort" is a stretch of the imagination. The owners seem focused on the Motel and "River Adventures" and the RV Park is just a sideline. Pros: The location is good; a short distance from the West entrance to Big Bend National Park. The interior roads are gravel, as are the sites; fairly level, roomy back-ins. The park was clean and quiet, at least when we were there. The trails around their Desert Golf Course were a nice place to walk my dogs. Cons: There is very little grass, and a few small trees (don't expect shade). No OTA TV reception, no WiFi, spotty cell service, and the water is nasty-tasting. Bring your water for drinking, coffee, and cooking. Check-in is from 4:00 - 6:00 pm; even though check-out is 11:00 a.m. You must stop at the Office to check out if you want your receipt. This RV Park was OK as a base camp for Big Bend National Park, but next time I'll try to reserve a spot inside the National Park. - FranM
Jan 2019 - $39.00
I stayed in an older section of the RV park that had some grass, trees and picnic benches but there were larger areas of the park that were just rows of hookups on a gravel lot. For wifi, you need to go to the game room or use a cell hotspot (good coverage for Verizon and T-Mobile). Very nice people. - Michael_T
Nov 2019 - $35.00
Very eclectic park with lots of personality. Blends in with the desert around it. Owner lives behind the park, and there's a number to call her if the office is closed. She was there when we arrived. Payment is cash or check only. No Verizon or AT&T data, and cell service spotty. Satellite good. Campground wifi was okay until the weekend when more people arrived, then we just gave up. It's right next door to the chili cook-off property, and they leave the gate open between the park and cook-off property so you can walk or hike. There's also a small covered get-together area where people gather around the campfire in the evening. Night sky is gorgeous! No campground lights, so it's very dark at night - bring a flashlight. Well-behaved dogs are allowed off leash. Bathrooms were clean. Showers were passable but I didn't use them. One washing machine was broken, but I did use the laundry. The humidity is low, and you can dry your clothes on the clothesline if you want. Water is soft, so cut down on soap in the shower. I would definitely stay here again. The closest gas stations are 4 miles in Study-Butte and 8 miles in Lajitas. The closest grocery is the Cottonwood General Store in Study-Butte. The highway noise is just a soft drone in the distance. - Quartermoon
Nov 2018 - $32.00
We chose this park because of the previous reviews. We didn't expect too much as it was listed just as a good place to use as a base. We expected to find a clean, maintained, serviced place to park. Access to the park is good. Signage from the highway is adequate. The welcome sign telling you how, and where, to pay was small and low. We missed it. The "Office" is partially built.....no walls...just a chair and a desk under a roof. But no one used it anyway. During our two day stay we did not see anyone official just a few other guests. One of the permanents explained to us how and where to pay. The perimeter roads are rutted dirt with small arroyos forming. Our site (9) was reasonably level, narrow, weed covered dirt. It came with a table. The utilities did work as expected. We poked out heads into the washrooms and they appeared to be maintained but the grounds were disgusting. There was doggy doo everywhere. Garbage bins overflowing. The utility area for our site and others was ringed with stone that was falling apart. Weeds filled the ring. This is high desert and we did not expect much in the way of foliage. This park seems to be just a cash cow. No attempt at maintenance or even a slight bit of beautification has been made. It's a $20.00 park in my opinion. Verizon cell service was limited. Our Verizon Jet Pack could not pick up a signal. The Camps internet was hopeless most times. There are no restaurants or services nearby. We paid $32.00 night and will not return. - Rollin Ollens
Oct 2018 - $32.00
Its 101 degrees and they turned the water off. Never told us ahead of time so we could prepare. After 24 hrs it was still off. Manager was never to be seen. The showers if available are $4.00. The pits. - cmw