The main reason to stay at the Rancherias campsite, which like most other campsites in the park only has a picnic table and fire ring, is to hike the Rancherias Loop or Rancherias Canyon. The canyon lies on a 4.8 one-way trail that is fairly rugged but rewards hikers with that rare phenomenon, a desert waterfall called Rancherias Falls. The loop is a strenuous 20-mile loop trail that ribbons continuously up and down, constantly rewarding anyone that takes up this mantle. The loop, which has reliable springs for water sources, can be accomplished over the course of a very long day but might be best tackled on an overnight via a backcountry camping permit.
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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Wildlife watching

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Long and far from anywhere. Solitude silence and peaceful! Incredible trip!

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Big Bend Ranch State Park
United States
Phone Number
(512) 389-8900
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29.412° N, 104.0° W
Tent / Van: 1 Site
(Up to 8 people per site)