Spend a night at the 5,400-foot high Chisos Basin with a significant other and you may just be eligible for the coveted Mile High Club. If you don’t know what that means, we’ll tell you when you’re older. With running water, picnic tables, flush toilets, grills and a dump station this 60-site campground has just about everything you’d ever want (except maybe a bit more privacy). There are seven group sites available here by advanced reservation that can fit a whopping 118 people. Although this kind of makes us wonder why not 120? Did they actually bring in 118 people to arrive at such a precise estimation? Bring the whole crew, and come find out for yourselves!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
67 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

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Hipcamper Rachael
Rachael M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 16th, 2020

It this a dog friendly site??

Hipcamper Scott
Scott D.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2019

Plenty of space and beautiful views from most spots. Camp hosts are always a pleasure and the Window Trailhead starts at the edge of the camp. Secluded and quiet. The drive-in an out is spectacular. It's almost impossible to have a bad time.

Hipcamper Sara + Mike
Sara + Mike (.
recommends this listing.
November 8th, 2018

The Chisos Basin campsite is at the highest elevation in Big Bend National Park so expect the coolest temperatures and great night skies.

Hipcamper Christian
Christian S.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2018

It's MUCH cooler in the Basin than in the rest of the park. Prepare for hot desert, but don't forget your warm gear too!

Hipcamper Erica
Erica E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 10th, 2018

Incredible views of the Milky Way and the vastness of space. Stunning mountain views and close access to some of my favorite trails. Three landscapes exist at BBNP: river, mountain, desert; and they all magically intertwine. Chisos campground is very popular but spacious. Not crowded like Rio Grande Village with back-to/back sites. Chisos is a very natural campground setting. Nice and quiet. Reservable sites are cool, but so are the non-reservable ones. I ended up giving up my reserved site to a couple for a non-reserved site because it was more secluded and gave me better views. The sign read the campground was FULL but it WASN’T!!! So be sure to check in case they get too buysy and forget to change the sign! My favorite of the 3 in BBNP!

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle T.
recommends this listing.
November 16th, 2017

Tucked away in the mountains, this campground is surrounded by 360 degree monolithic views. This place is truly surreal.

Hipcamper Nicolas
Nicolas A.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2017

Beautiful but book far in advance.

Hipcamper Javier
Javier R.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2017

Big Bend is a special place for those of us in TX who mostly host 'hill country.' The drive down from Alpine is one of progressive excitement as the limestone canyons come into view and the vastness of the desert begins to make its impression. The park itself presents a beginner-friendly infrastructure with all the conveniences you need if you're not at the backcountry/primitive level quite yet (although those options, too, are available and highly recommended). My one comment would be to reconsider taking any pet(s) with you as both the park regulations and natural climate make it extremely difficult for you to enjoy these particular outdoors with your companion. A friend of mine brought his German Shepherd, and on quite an easy hike (Hot Springs Trail), ended up having him rescued due to overheating - kudos to Ranger Juan. Other than that, the park is beautiful, and the Window/Emory Peak trails are both gorgeous at sunrise. Enjoy!

Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke S.
recommends this listing.
May 4th, 2017

We absolutely loved the Outer Mountain Loop. The scenery was new and exciting each day! Can't wait to go back.

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29.275° N, 103.31° W
Tent Only - Group: 7 Sites
(Up to 20 people per site)
Tent / RV / Trailer: 60 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)