Hipcamp host Lauren C.,
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Star Party is a high clearance, 4X4-only accessible site, capable of accommodating larger groups.  The road to the campsite is everchanging with rains and can go from fine to technical in the matter of a 2-hour period if the rain falls in just the right spot.  

The first half of the road to the site is composed of large loose rocks, 6"-12" in size that can easily punct

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Star Party is a high clearance, 4X4-only accessible site, capable of accommodating larger groups.  The road to the campsite is everchanging with rains and can go from fine to technical in the matter of a 2-hour period if the rain falls in just the right spot.  

The first half of the road to the site is composed of large loose rocks, 6"-12" in size that can easily puncture a low lying oil pain.  The last half is along a drainage and is occasionally washed out with big rains.  There is an 80-yard run of sand where 4X4 is all but mandatory.  

THIS CAMPSITE IS LOCATED ON A MILDLY IMPROVED RANCH ROAD AND THERE ARE BUSHES/CATCLAW/ALLTHORN/MESQUITE THAT CAN GROW INTO THE ROAD AND SCRATCH YOUR VEHICLE.  WE TRY TO KEEP THEM CUT BACK REASONABLY, BUT SCRATCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON THE ROUTE TO THIS SITE.  IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT VEHICLE SCRATCHES, DO NOT BOOK THIS SITE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TRAILER THAN AN OVERLAND STYLE TRAILER, DO NOT BOOK THIS SITE, RATHER LOOK AT RB1 WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE A TRAVEL TRAILER.

There is no cell service at this site proper, but you can usually get cell service if you climb to the top of the adjacent 30-ft high hill.  We get AT&T service there anyway.

The shade structure here is larger than those at RB1 and RB2; it is 16 feet wide X 12 feet deep.  The portapotty, shower, wood and water are all a 10 minute drive from this site, so plan accordingly. There are multiple sandy spots to secure your multiple tents.

If you are looking for the most isolated campsite currently available at Rio Bravo Ranch, this is it.  It will be you, the howl of the coyotes and the stars. We hope you'll book Star Party today!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical connection
No water connection
No sewage dump point
No TV connection
Pull-through site
Max length 6.1 m
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Lauren a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

You may ride a MOUNTAIN bike along established dirt roads on the ranch.

Fishing

We do have river access available along the Rio Grande for a small, additional fee. If you are interested in this please let u...Read more

Hiking

You will likely have the ranch to yourselves save some cows, a few horses and regular Big Bend wildlife.

Horseback riding

There are outfitters available in Lajitas and there are rides available at Big Bend Ranch State Park. WE LOVE HORSES, BUT WE D...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

FOR A FEE: If you have an OHV with you, you may ride it around on the established roads. This is an easier way to get around ...Read more

Paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Star Party 4x4 Campsite in Texas.

Desert

We are located on the banks of the Rio Grande in the alluvial plane with moderate arroyos from 20 to 80 feet deep. Do not let ...Read more

Mountainous

There are surrounding Mountains and our property offers excellent views of these, but our property is not mountainous...only hi...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Wet weather Alamito Creek. Our neighbor has an artesian spring most of the year but this occurs about 100 yards south of our f...Read more

Ranch

We are located on the banks of the Rio Grande in the alluvial plane with moderate arroyos from 20 to 80 feet deep. Do not let ...Read more

Canyon

Places to see near Rio Bravo Ranch

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Hipcamper Stephen

I will return….

Stephen L.
recommends this listing.
September 30th, 2021

Beautiful, secluded camp sight that is perfectly positioned between the conveniences of Presidio and the remoteness of the state park. Definitely glad I had a high clearance vehicle to get to this one due to recent rains, but Star Party is incredible. (RB1 & 2 are both easily accessible without high clearance.). The dark skies of far west Texas reveal millions more stars than are typically visible. Lauren was quite helpful and provided thorough directions and advice.

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Hipcamper Jamie

Star party is out of this world

Jamie F.
recommends this listing.
March 30th, 2021

The Star Party Campsite is awesome. Lauren not only gave us spectacular directions, but also great information about the history of the area and suggestions to make our exploration of the area even better.

Hipcamper Matt
Matt L.
recommends this listing.
March 29th, 2021

Lauren was a gracious host for us! Star Party is an incredibly well-maintained camp site with no other sites visible, giving you a true isolated off-the-grid experience. The option to purchase firewood in advance to be kept in lockers was super convenient as well. Porto potty and shower at the entrance was nice to have :) Highly recommend to anyone looking for an isolated getaway!

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Hipcamper Jerry

Star party lives up to its name!

Jerry W.
recommends this listing.
December 13th, 2020

Star Party campsite at Rio Bravo Ranch lives up to its name and then some! I wish I was a better photographer because pictures (mine anyway) don’t do it justice. The stars were impressive to say the least. Night time photographers and astronomy junkies should would love this site. This was our third stay at Rio Bravo Ranch and we will definitely be back! Everything was perfect! Can’t recommend it enough! Secluded, safe and well kept! If you love far west texas you’ll love this spot!

Hipcamper Javier
Javier G.
recommends this listing.
December 1st, 2020

If you’re looking for a beautiful secluded spot, this is it!

Hipcamper Clint

5 stars

Clint S.
recommends this listing.
November 29th, 2020

Had a great time wonderful place

Hipcamper Scott

Beautiful, secluded, spectacular!

Scott S.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2020

Rio Bravo Ranch was an amazing place to camp and explore, and the Star Party site was just spectacular! We made our reservation at the last minute due to a COVID closure at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Charlie and Lauren were extraordinarily patient and accommodating to our situation, and we were so thankful to them for essentially saving our trip. But then we arrived at the ranch, and our thankfulness only grew!

Star Party requires 4WD and a high clearance vehicle to get to, and it was SO worth it. We found the site in an area between two hills, not only protecting us from harsh winds, but also the intense sunshine of the early mornings and late afternoons. This did not limit our sightseeing, though, as a short walk to the top of either hill afforded us amazing views of the surrounding terrain. The sunsets from the West hill were nothing short of phenomenal!

We also took the opportunity to explore the ranch and experience several different types of terrain in our half-day hike. The vegetation and wildlife were amazing. Most special to us was the family cemetery situated on a bluff which overlooks the Rio Grande and into Mexico. Charlie was available to guide us remotely and answer our questions throughout our stay. There is no cell signal at the campsite (exactly what we wanted), but it was easy to gain necessary connection from the top of any hills.

What we loved most about Star Party and Rio Bravo was the seclusion. We never saw another person during our four days at the ranch, and the silence was exactly what our souls were craving.

But even with the remote location and rugged entrance, the campsite is extremely well cared for. It was immediately obvious that the Cecils take great pride in this ranch and care deeply for making their guests comfortable. The shade structure, picnic table, and fire pit were immaculate, and the tent pads and connecting trails were even swept clean of pebbles!

At the central facilities location, we found - without a doubt - the cleanest and most well appointed porta-john that either of us had ever experienced. The shower was also a welcome surprise, and we were able to clean up with a pressurized shower, along with an amazing view. The firewood locker is super convenient (and ingenious), and we easily stretched the high quality firewood across three nights of campfires & cooking.

We had plans for months that were suddenly canceled, and our minds were filled with feelings of dread. Charlie and Lauren saved us from that, and we ended up having an unexpectedly wonderful experience. We are so grateful that fate allowed us to connect, and I'm certain we'll be visiting Rio Bravo Ranch again!

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Hipcamper Neil

Star struck!

Neil S.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2020

STARS STARS AND MORE STARS! An enchanted Star Party haven. I got to see the sunset below the Rio Grande from the topside of the property along with dove taking flight, quail running the grounds, and the most beautiful horny toad that I mistook for a rock! Took a shower outdoors overlooking the mountains with privacy and a view. Ohh the view. I haven’t found many other views like this in the state. You’ll want to crank up the tunes and howl at the moon in full sight. Incredible hospitality by Lauren who accommodated my trip with expert-level detail and attention. Will be coming back to this well-designed campground for years to come.

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Hipcamper Jamie F.
recommends this listing.
November 23rd, 2021
Hipcamper David L.
recommends this listing.
March 26th, 2021
Property
Rio Bravo Ranch
State
Texas
Country
United States
$35/night
1 Site