The best camping near Big Bend National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Big Bend National Park adventure.

The best camping near Big Bend National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Big Bend National Park adventure.

Camping near Big Bend National Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Big Bend National Park adventure.

This massive park in far west Texas offers plenty of rugged and remote room to roam.  

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Paisano Azul Ranch

11 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Study Butte, TX
Paisano Azul Ranch is on 30 acres located by Terlingua Creek. The property is just minutes from the Terlingua Ghost Town and a short 3 mile drive to the Big Bend National park. Come pitch your tent or park your camper amid the peaceful desert hillside with views of plateaus that lead to the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. There is a fire pit on site for you to toast marshmallows or cozy up near, and you can enjoy a bite to eat at the picnic table provided at each site. The picnic tables are placed beneath shade sails. There are two nice and new desert tan flushing Porta-Potties on-site, as well as showers for guests to use. These come in handy after a long day hiking. We hope you'll enjoy the beautiful open sky sunsets, sunrises, and stargazing as much as we do. We are located just 3 miles from the entrance to Big Bend National Park. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore - you can hike, bike, canoe & kayak, off-road, swim, go horseback riding, visit hot springs, as well as visit restaurants, galleries, and listen to great music in Terlingua. There is something for everyone to feel free to bring the whole family. Additional details to note: - We now have an above ground pool to keep cool in during the summer! Covered with a shade sail the water stays nice and chilly. ($10 fee/person) - You can stay connected if you'd like to, as cell reception and wifi are both available on our property. Feel free to unplug during your stay though. - Seeing other campers on your trip at the campsite is very standard, as the sites are far enough apart to feel like they are yours, but they are not private. - Potable water is provided on-site. We have an artisan well on property that has been certified as drinkable. It is double filtered to give you the best drinking water. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and we look forward to your stay.
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Lynn y B's land

28 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres · Terlingua, TX
    
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The Bus Stop Camp Ground

10 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Terlingua, TX
Hello Hipcampers! We welcome you to our relaxing desert getaway, our camp ground sits on 12 acres of beautiful desert scenery inside of a stunning range of mountains. There are countless activities to do around the area and no lack of adventure. Big Bend National Park Horseback Riding Plane Tours ATV Tours River Rafting Hiking Mountain Biking and more!
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Perdido Overland Overnight Camp

2 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Study Butte, TX
We bought our property in 2003. Built our completely off-grid cabin in 2009, and moved out here full time in 2015. Since 2015 we've been continually improving our property and in 2019 had the idea to start a small campsite on the backside of our property in a private valley. A valley that while private and secluded has excellent 360 degree views.
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Coyote Crossing

26 sites · Tents21 acres · Terlingua, TX
Located in Southern Most Section of Terlingua Ranch, within eyesight of the Mexican Border, National, and State Parks. Easy to find, just across from Willow Mountain, one of the most photograph natural features in Big Bend. Traveling highway 118 you will see the Entrance at address 53420, just north 1 mile of the outfitters and gas station. Every night the coyotes would cross the road and come for a visit..Thus the name Coyote Crossing.. With dreams of a tiny home and campground, we continue to improve on the land every day and love to share it with others. When arriving at night it will be very dark.. very few lights in use, dark sky's are protected in Big Bend.. so it may be hard to find. but we are directly on the highway on the west side of 118. Trash Dumpster up front for your use. No collecting rocks, cactus or wood to burn... NO TRACE, leave it as you find it..
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Terlingua Ranch Primitive Camp

6 sites · RVs, Tents425 acres · Alpine, TX
Terlingua Ranch is 192,000 acres of desert and mountains between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park in far SW Texas. Our campsites are in the area of the Terlingua Ranch Lodge, which features a swimming pool, cafe, laundry, bathhouse, disc golf course, access to hiking trails, and other amenities. Terlingua Ranch is the perfect venue for your basecamp to Big Bend adventures, family reunions, and myriad other activities in the area.
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Goat Pens, Cigar Springs Ranch

50 sites · RVs, Tents640 acres · Terlingua, TX
This central location provides an ideal basecamp close to the Terlingua Ghost Town and both Big Bend State and National Parks. The unique geology and topography of the Goat Pens made this a popular movie set and many westerns were filmed here in the 80's and 90's. Come out and enjoy seclusion, peace and quiet, awesome scenery with sunrises and sunsets to die for. All while still being able to easily take advantage of the area's other attractions. The Goat Pens includes an outdoor events venue that hosts concerts, stargazing parties, festivals and weddings. The Goat Pens also has the only drive-in movie theater in the Big Bend area. Send a text or check The Goat Pens Facebook page (@goatpens) for information and dates of events. The Goat Pens of Cigar Springs Ranch is a beautiful part of the ranch. It is well known for its scenery and unique topography. The Goat Pens served as a set location for many westerns filmed during the 1980's and 90's. Remarkable beauty, easy access, centrally located, seclusion, peace and quiet. All add up to an unforgettable vacation experience. **New This Winter** Rachel Wey Ranch Petting Zoo and Pony Rides Please contact us about hours and availibilty Rachel.wey.ranch @faceboook.com-
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Heath Canyon Ranch

75 sites · RVs, Tents700 acres · Big Bend National Park, TX
Heath Canyon Ranch is at the end of FM 2627 across the Rio Grande River from the ghost town of La Linda, Mexico. This Chihuahuan Desert Retreat is 67 miles south of Marathon next to Black Gap Game Preserve. It is a take out spot for folks canoeing Boquillas Canyon or a put in spot for the Lower Canyon trip.
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Ocotillo Acres

1 site · RV, Tent70 acres · Terlingua, TX
This is our piece of Desert. Come take a look!! Learn more about this land:Is the journey half the fun? Do you dream of off-grid living or expedition camping? Do you enjoy shows like Naked and Afraid or Alone? If you said no to any of these questions we may not be the right Hipcamp for you; but if you said yes… you’ve found the right spot. Ocotillo Acres is a nudist friendly campsite and long term project that Molly and I have taken on which allows us a place to get away from quite literally everything about city life. We are remote and the drive out can be difficult. A 4wd vehicle can be required as the roads are rough and rocky, but the rewards are plentiful once you arrive. We are so remote in fact that in Feb 2021 we were happy to host “Alone: The Arctic” and “Alone: The Beast” contestant Donny Dust with Paleo Tracks Survival and Ryan Maguire with Wyld Ryde Outdoors as the location for a few of their Primitive Survival Workshops. Once arrived you will have 70 Acres of pristine Chihuahuan Desert to explore as you wish. We have cleared out a camping area, built a nearby rain catchment structure to provide shade, and have a tool box with emergency essentials if needed. Other than those items, there is nothing to facilitate a comfortable visit. If you're still reading this... the place is amazing. Stars fill completely dark skies, and coyotes howl to welcome you to their home. We've seen Tarantulas, Quail, Aoudad, Horny Toads, all types of cactus, fossils, and even if Molly doesn't believe me... a big freakin' rattlesnake. We do ask that there be no hunting and no killing of the wildlife, but you'll have all 70 acres to explore and we hope you see a bunch. While we like to think of our place as a destination, we are located about an hour away from both BBNP and BBRSP if that’s why you’re visiting the area. Feel free to set up your Basecamp here and daytrip to either park, or plan your visit on either end of your stay in the area. Due to our location Ocotillo Acres is a fair weather destination and if rain or snow occurs before or during your visit, your arrival or departure could be delayed by several days while the roads and river beds dry. There are only two routes to get to the property and they both go through areas that can flash flood during heavy rains. While there are not any bathroom or shower facilities, there is a portable toilet (Luggable Loo) and trash bags on site. If used we ask that you be prepared to haul out all waste. While our desert retreat is pet friendly, please clean up after them and dispose of properly. There is very limited cell signal. Satellite communication or emergency beacon is recommended. There are structures visible from some parts of our property, but do not rely on people actually being in those structures; especially in an emergency situation. Have an Instagram? Follow us @Ocotillo_Acres_TX for more info and to keep up to date on the progress.Search for Ryan's Youtube video titled "Primitive Skills Workshop // Chihuahua Desert // Epic Adventure" for some more insight of the location. 
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Mel's Place

3 sites · Lodging20 acres · Study Butte, TX
Mel's Place has been a favorite camp spot for many since we opened 5 years ago. Feels secluded and remote, yet only a mile or so from everything you might need and only 5 miles to the national park west (Maverick) entrance. 5 miles to the lively ghost town ofTerlingua with some great bars and restraunts. The views from camp are stunning with breathtaking sunrises over the Chisos mountains. Sunsets aren't too shabby either. We are an adults only retreat and hope to provide you the peaceful solitude with breathtaking stargazing you need to renew your spirit!! We are within a few miles of nearly all the local outfitters for your river trips, Jeep or ATV tours, etc. Come make memories!
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Jackass Flats Campground

23 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Terlingua Ranch / Alpine, TX
Located 25 miles north of Terlingua, TX on State Highway 118, close to the historic Comanche Trail, under the brilliant west Texas stars and below famous Nine Point Mesa. Within 25 miles of Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Terlingua Ghost Town, Rio Grande Outfitters and river access. The area is not only famous for its rich ranching history but also for its diverse geology and awesome night skies. Enjoy the Terrymar Pavilion for group gatherings, picnicking or taking in the panoramic views, phenomenal night skies, sunrises and sunsets. View our resident Texas Longhorn steers and horses in the restored nineteenth century stock pens. Please DO NOT GET CLOSE TO THE FENCE, THESE CATTLE ARE STOCK, not PETS. Be sure to FILL YOUR WATER tank before arriving. NON POTABLE water can be accessed. There is no city water services available in our area. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi at The Little Burro Country Store which is also on premises. Password is "jackassflats" all lowercase, 1 word, no special characters. We offer wood/snacks/groceries/ice and food items to meet your needs.
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Milky Way Run

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Terlingua, TX
Welcome to Milky Way Run, a tiny studio cabin located in the heart of the Chihuahuan desert. We are located 25 minutes from Big Bend National Park west entrance, and 25 minutes to Terlingua Ghost town. The cabin will sleep up to 2 people in a bed (bring your own linens). Parties over 2 will need to bring their own tents for accommodations. We allow up to 6 people on the site. The space We have a scenic 5 acre lot nestled in the foothills of the Christmas Mountains, and we are a 25 minute stress free (and gorgeous) drive to the west entrance of Big Bend National Park (it is a BIG park and you will have to drive more once you have entered - do your homework and plan accordingly). You are the only one on the 5 acres. Drive Times: * Study Butte (gas): 18 minutes (on the way to BBNP) * Terlingua Ghosttown: 25 minutes * Cottonwood Grocer: 20 minutes (on the way to BBNP) * Big Bend National Park: 25 minutes to the west entrance * Easily accessible with a standard 2wd vehicle About Us: We are situated in a cool, eclectic neighborhood with easy access to paved roads. You will have the 5 acres all to yourself with a private drive to the center of the property. Lots of amenities for outdoor lovers. We are located .7 miles on a dirt road off of the main Terlingua Ranch road. We do not allow pets at this time. We DO have: ✔ WiFi ✔ Limited electricity ✔ Fans ✔ Shaded porch ✔ Outdoor propane cooktop ✔ Compost toilet ✔ Outdoor Shower with Solar Bag We DO NOT have: ✘ Bed linens, personal linens, pillows ✘ Running water / hot water ✘ Flush toilet ✘ AC Cleaning: This is a self clean rental! Please do your part to keep this space super nice/clean and super affordable. We only charge a $10 fee to cover a property inspector (not cleaner). In return, you will need to clean up after yourself. We provide instructions in the cabin. This is about 20 minutes worth of work and saves you a lot of money. Help us make this world a better place, and leave *everywhere* better than you found it. ★ NOTE: Guests who do not self clean will be billed a $75 cleaning fee ★ Bathroom: We provide a composting outhouse for your use. You will be responsible for disposing of your waste, but we provide a very sanitary, simple, and odor free eco-friendly bathroom. If this is not for you, we understand - there are plenty of other options available in the area. Please find something that suits your needs. ★ NOTE: Guests who do not dispose of their waste properly will be billed a $75 waste removal fee ★ Water: You will need to bring your water with you. We do not provide water. More Details: ✧ You will need to bring your own towels/bedding/pillows/sleeping bags/blankets/toilet paper/paper towels/dishsoap/dishes/water/charcoal/etc... Think of this as glamping with a hard sided tent. We provide a wonderful and comfortable space for your camping experience. You provide the rest. ✧ Bring a twin sheet set if using the bed as a twin, and bring a king set if using the bed as a king (it pulls out to a king size). Also, don't forget your sleeping bag! While we have enough heat to keep the chill out of the air, you will still need warm bedding for cold nights. ✧ We provide a large covered Pilot Rock charcoal grill for cooking. ✧ Outside the cabin is a small cooking area. We provide a 2 burner cooktop, fully hooked up to our propane tank (propane is provided for you). ✧ The covered porch offers either white lights, or red lights for better viewing of the Milky Way. ✧ This cabin is TINY (9x11)! Comfortable for max of 2 people. ✧ A propane wall heater is provided to keep the cabin comfortable on cold nights. **SUMMER INFO** - Summer in the desert is HOT. - Our hottest months are generally May through August. - The cabin does not have AC, and it will be hot in the summer. Tips for summer bookings: ✱ Check the weather close to your stay. If it looks too hot, you may cancel your reservation for a full refund. ✱ Summertime is monsoon season in Big Bend. The cabin has all weather roads so access will not be a problem. Rain is an amazing thing to witness in the desert; if you’re lucky, you may get to watch a storm roll in with a beverage in hand, sitting under the covered porch. The rain will cool the temps drastically in the afternoons. Guest access You will have access to the entire 5 acre property. Please do not take any rocks or fossils from the property (or anywhere else). Leave them there for others to find. Take a picture and enjoy the memory! Other things to note NO SMOKING ALLOWED INSIDE CABIN . Please dispose of cigarettes responsibly, don't litter. Please be aware of burn bans in the area and adhere to local rules and regulations. Please do not have large fires - keep them small and safe for the people and wildlife around you. No gathering of firewood allowed. Please enjoy your stay close to the cabin but leave the desert undisturbed. No digging of cactus or plants is allowed. Leave rocks and fossils where you found them. Please be considerate of others in the area. No bright lights, and no loud noises. Everyone is there to experience the tranquility and darkness together. Last but not least, sit back, relax and enjoy all the wonders that Big Bend has to offer. Take it all in and it will remain with you forever. Then, come back and see us again.
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The best camping near Big Bend National Park guide

Overview

About

One of the most geographically diverse parks in the US, Big Bend has a vast landscape that stretches from the Chihuahuan Desert to the Chisos Mountains. Its canyons, carved by the Rio Grande River, separate the United States from Mexico and offer opportunities for rafting, paddling, and fishing. There are also more than 200 miles of dirt roads and trails to explore, from scenic drives to rugged hiking trails along historic villages and hot springs. With so much to see, you’ll want to spend a few days at either a developed campground or a backcountry campsite. Just don’t forget to look up at the incredibly dark skies once the sun goes down.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for hikers: With views of Emory Peak, the Chisos Basin Campground is close to several hiking trails (including the Lost Mine Trail), and offers flush toilets, picnic tables, grills, and a dump station. 
  • Best for peace and quiet: The seasonal and remote Cottonwood Campground is one of the quietest, offering 25 tent camping sites, a group campground, picnic tables, water, and pit toilets.
  • Best for RV camping: The Rio Grande Village RV Park is the only RV campground offering full hookups for campers. It has 25 sites available.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. During spring and holiday weekends, plan to make your reservation as soon as you know your dates. Some campsites are reservable up to six months in advance.
  2. Consider checking two weeks before your trip, as some campsites can only be reserved two weeks in advance. Otherwise, plan to arrive at the park early to grab any unreserved sites. Check ahead of time if any first-come, first-served sites are available.
  3. If traveling light or with a high-clearance vehicle, you can try to secure a backcountry or primitive roadside campsite, which can be reserved six months in advance.

When to go

Peak season is from November to April, with the park busiest in March, April, and summer holidays. Summer temperatures can be dangerously hot, reaching over 100°F. Avoid hiking during summer afternoons. The visitor centers at Rio Grande Village, Persimmon Gap, and the Castolon Historic District are closed in summer. Visit in late winter or early spring (discover top spring break camping destinations, including Big Bend!) to see the Big Bend bluebonnets in bloom.

Know before you go

  • The park is massive. Be sure to have plenty of gas, water, food, and supplies, although the park offers several camp stores and one gas station near Panther Junction.
  • Permits are required for backcountry camping, fishing, and river trips. Some backcountry permits (including backpacking sites) are only available from Panther Junction.
  • Wood and ground fires are not permitted. A charcoal or propane grill can be used for cooking. Many campsites do not permit generator use, or have limited hours.
  • Pets are allowed but not inside buildings or on trails.
  • Visitor centers, some campsites at Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin, and several trails (the Founder’s Walk, Panther Path, Window View Trail, and Rio Grande Village Nature Boardwalk) are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Swimming is not recommended in the Rio Grande due to swift currents and pollution. Don’t drink from the Rio Grande either, even if you filter the water.

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