Papalote Rancho Viejo is pretty much what you would get if you could average together every campsite in Big Bend Ranch, the Baby Bear of campsites if you will. There’s a little bit of history in the form of an old windmill, stone corral, and water tank; your amenities are a fire ring, a picnic table, and tent pads; and the area is pretty open so you have good views but there are enough nearby mountains and mesas that it is still fairly sheltered from desert gusts. It’s not too much or too little of any one element, it’s just right.
Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Whitewater paddling

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Wildlife watching

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Natasha N.
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November 29th, 2020

Beautiful campsite! It has a covered picnic table, flat openings for tents and a good fire pit. The skies are gorgeous and it’s fully remote.

The dirt road in wasn’t that bad- no issues in a Volvo XC60- about 30 min from 170.

WARNING: There are bears in this area. A black bear came to our campsite at 8pm, but it was easily scared off. There happened to be a carcass in the old water trough that attracted it, but that wouldn’t normally be an issue.

Keep dogs leashed- we saw a pack of 20 javelinas!

Like they say, bring tons of water. We didn’t see water refill stations in Presidio.

The only place that sells firewood in Presidio is True Value hardware- open limited hours. Terlingua has more firewood, but 1.5 to 2 hours away.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
United States
Phone Number
(512) 389-8900
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Official Website
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29.52° N, 104.111° W
Tent / Van: 1 Site
(Up to 8 people per site)