Hipcamp host Jody W.,
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This is truly an off-the-grid experience. Located in the Terlingua desert, 5 miles off the highway, this property has no electricity, no water, no wifi, no cell service, and no light pollution. It's a wide open desert landscape with mountain views on the horizon. If getting away from it all is your goal, you found the right place.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
1 site
Up to 22 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 24ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Jody a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Lots of gravel roads, or if you have a mountain bike, there are lots of places to ride through the desert. Big Bend State Park ...Read more


It's fun to explore the area, so wear your hiking boots. Lots of hiking opportunities in Big Bend National Park and Big Bend St...Read more


Great kayaking and canoeing on the Rio Grande. It's a little over an hour drive either in the national park or Lajitas.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)


Natural features you'll find at AREA9: Big Bend Remote Campsite in Texas.


9 Point Mesa to the east, Chisos mountains to the south.


Right next to 9 Point Mesa.


Places to see near AREA9: The Edge of Nowhere

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Hipcamper Kelley

Stunning views

Kelley S.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2021

My family of 5 camped here for the past week and LOVED it! Jody’s place is amazing and truly enhanced our Big Bend area experience. The views are incredible for stargazing, sunrises and sunsets! The table, chairs (there are now about 5 metal chairs, in addition to the blue ones you see in the main picture), stools (2), side tables, fire pit, grill, buckets to fill with rocks to hold things down if it’s windy, multiple places to pitch a tent or park, and “outhouse” take remote camping up several notches, not to mention the cool art / decorations Jody has included. We were able to explore the Big Bend National and State parks for 4 days, and took a couple days to visit Terlingua Ghost Town, Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and the Davis Mountains State Park - Area9 was centrally located.

The directions Jody gave were spot on, though I am grateful we heeded her advice and found it the first time in daylight. A couple nights got really windy, so I advise to make sure you have guylines packed and ready to use if needed. On the other nights we slept with the rainfly off and enjoyed sleeping under the stars (first week of November)! It was just magical.

My kids (ages 7, 6, and 4) loved exploring the land, playing with Jody’s props, and eating s’mores under the Milky Way. My husband and I enjoyed sharing coffee at sunrise, wine at sunset, and spending time imagining our own constellations with the kids. We all definitely recommend Area9 if you’re wanting solitude and beauty!

AREA9: Big Bend Remote CampsiteView of my youngest playing, at the lower level of the campsite, where we’d pitched our tent.Upper level has a beautiful firepit.  We made chili in the Dutch oven, before a campfire for s’mores.AREA9: Big Bend Remote Campsite
Hipcamper Steve

Just like described

Steve J.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2021

Great site. Easy to find with amazing views. There was a house within site that you don't see on the pictures but it was far enough away to not notice. Site has lots of room and amazing sunrise/sunset views.

Unfortunately the first 3 days brought lots of rain and one of the most impressive lightning storms I have ever seen.

The site seems to always be windy due to it's location so plan for that.

Will definitely stay here again!

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Hipcamper Amy
Amy R.
recommends this listing.
March 30th, 2021

Our stay at Area 9 was absolutely incredible. We wanted a secluded spot with beautiful scenery during our 9 day visit to the region and that is exactly what we got. The little touches were incredible like the chairs to relax in while watching the sun rise over the mesa. It was well worth the drive back and forth to the parks for us in exchange for the peace and quiet we received.

Hipcamper Jody
Response from Jody, the Host, on March 31st, 2021

I'm so happy you enjoyed it! The starry nights and seclusion sealed the deal for me, and I love sharing it with others. Thank you!

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Hipcamper Todd

Perfect solitude

Todd L.
recommends this listing.
March 22nd, 2021

Second time staying here. Hopefully, more to come! Thanks for making it available to the rest of us!

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Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel E.
recommends this listing.
January 10th, 2021

Very nice area about halfway between Alpine and Terlingua. Was a reasonable drive from Big Bend. The area was gorgeous and had plenty of room for all of us to stay. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay.

Hipcamper Cristen

Great site, but awful directions.

Cristen M.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2020

The campsite is very cute, remote and with beautiful views. Our only major complaint is the directions we were given. We copy/pasted into google maps the exact GPS coordinates given to us and it took us to the middle of a cow pasture about 1.5-2 hours away from the actual site. Finding the spot in the dark with no service took us an extra 3.5 hours. There were forks in the road and landmarks that were not noted in the written directions we were given, so it was very confusing. (ie: we came to a roundabout with a large flagpole and thought we made a wrong turn because there was no mention of that. Turned out we needed to keep going and make another turn) More detailed descriptions and some additional signs or even just a yellow stick in the dirt would help campers find it more easily. The site doesn’t get looked at by the host between each guests’ stay so there was quite a bit of trash left over from previous campers. All that being said, we were extremely happy with the site once we found it. The privacy is exactly what we were looking for and the firepits/chairs/table was nice to use. Nice drives to Big Bend and Terlingua. Close to a cute country store stocked with the basics. Would camp there again and definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Jeremy Mark

Amazing spot in the desert!

Jeremy Mark P.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2020

We enjoyed our two nights at area 9! Jody was a great host and gave accurate and helpful instructions. I appreciated it was far enough away from the highway to enjoy the peace and stillness of the desert. The road is not treacherous but is sandy in spots and rocky in others so having a high clearance vehicle is probably a good idea. There was a nice fire pit, two great lounge chairs, a separate cooking fire pit, and a counter height table (loosely assembled) and two stools that made the stay comfortable. There is also a little enclosure that allows you privacy when nature calls. Never saw another person either on the road or in person during the weekend. The camp area is on a small hill so you get a perched 360 view of the beautiful vistas. Definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Daniel

Beautiful site!

Daniel E.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2020

Fantastic location, great place to hide out for a few days. Loved the chairs and the fire pit. And the views, of course. Really good directions to the site. The only knock was the previous campers apparently left the site a mess--beer cans, toilet paper, things like that. The site needs a little attention, that's all. And other campers, please leave sites in better condition than when arrive!

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Hipcamper Sorush
Sorush R.
recommends this listing.
October 21st, 2020

Beautiful spot!

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