Hipcamp host Evin H.,
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As the crow flies, 3 miles west of the Terlingua Ghost Town, this well maintained and slightly manicured strip of desert nestled behind the ghost town offers 24 acres of unobstructed views of the Big Bend National Park. Enjoy quiet serenity and easy access to local area attractions.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
21 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
No toilet
Potable water available
Kitchen available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send EVIN a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Crystal Mesa Campground in Texas.


Places to see near The Crystal Mesa

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Hipcamper Adam

Close but so far out

Adam C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 20th, 2019

Great spot, close enough to Big Bend but still felt private in peak season. Seculuded amenities are a short drive away. Great view of mountains in the distance. Loved it.

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Hipcamper David
David B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 13th, 2019

We loved our campsite here, good views in the morning and plenty of space, wasn’t too far from big bend and was easy to find.

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Hipcamper Wendy

Nice property, conveniently located

Wendy E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 1st, 2018

Nice property 10-15 minutes drive from Big Bend entrance. Wasn't sure where to setup camp but a fellow traveler gave us the details. Since we didn't have a reserved spot (one of the 5 dedicated camping spots), we basically could find an open location on the property and setup. Found a nice, level spot a bit secluded with a fire pit. Could hear some car traffic but overall was very relaxing spot for camping.

Hipcamper Collin
Collin S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 19th, 2018

My friend and I stayed here to visit Big Bend National Park, and we arrived to find the site exactly as listed using the coordinates in Google Maps. We were the only people there for all three nights of our stay. We couldn't have asked for a better campground, the only minor drawback being its proximity to the highway. We picked the furthest site from the highway (site 4) - just a short stroll from the car and containing the single fire pit for the whole campsite. Stunning views of the sunrise over the Chisos Mountains in the distance, and spectacular moonlight and starlight views at night sitting around the fire. The site driveway is not the most obvious, but it has a white board sign with black letters tucked just in from the road. It's only about 5 minutes from Terlingua Ghost Town, 10 minutes from Cottonwood Grocery (which has everything you could ever want for a camping trip - or your regular grocery shopping for that matter), and 15 from the west entrance to Big Bend National Park. We found the campsite quite clean, with no obvious trash or leftovers from previous campers. Overall, a solid place to use as a base camp for either of the Big Bend parks and a fun desert camping experience on its own.

Hipcamper Oliver
Oliver V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 16th, 2018

Awesome place pretty secluded only thing is the sign for the place is very small it took us awhile to find it. Besides that no complaints

Hipcamper Mike
Mike N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 28th, 2018

Great location close to Terlingua, amazing views!

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 20th, 2018

A five-minute drive from Terlingua and in close proximity to Big Bend Ranch State Park, this campsite is in a prime location to access the must-see spots of the Big Bend area. As others have described, the campsites are beautifully maintained and marked. When we arrived at the site, there were already three or four other groups with tents set up. We found a free spot to set up our own tent easily, and had a good amount of space between our campsite and other campsites. There is no bathroom/shower here, but campers do have access to a $5 shower at a local RV park. Be sure to bring your own drinking water, as water is a scarcity in the desert. There are established fire rings at each campsite - bring your own firewood or pay $15 for a delivered bundle. Though we never had the chance to meet Evin, she was easy to contact over phone and quick to answer our questions. This clean, spacious property was perfect for exploring the Big Bend area, and we are looking forward to returning! PS - While you're here, be sure to take a sunset drive down River Road 170 for some of the best views in Texas!

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Hipcamper Keith
Keith W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 18th, 2018

Had a great two nights here! Beautiful area, marked sites, and an easy drive into town. The first night there were a few others there camping but it still felt private. Will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Leslie
Leslie G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 18th, 2018

An overall good experience, the view was nice and there was plenty of space! It seemed a bit overpriced considering the area and the fact that there aren't amenities. But we had a great time there!

The Crystal Mesa
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