Located in the historic Terlingua Ghost Town, Terlingua Las Ruinas is a camping site with room for up to 20 tents. There are two bathrooms and a shower on site.
Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, 2 Chili-Cook-offs, 3 music festivals, Mexico, rafting the Rio Grande, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, mountain climbing... there's so much to do. Big Bend Campsites - Terlingua Las Ruinas is convenient to all of it.
Coffee, breakfast tacos, burgers, steaks, and internet access are just a short walk from the campsite.
We're in a dark-sky area, so the stars at night really are big and bright.
Terlingua has a vibrant nightlife. One of the benefits of Las Ruinas is that all the fun is just a short walk away. At night, you may hear laughter and music until midnight.
Quiet hours at the camp are midnight until sunrise. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome but dogs are not allowed inside tents. There are ruins on the campsite from the old mining community- please don't touch them or camp inside them.Campsites 1, 2 3, 7, 8 (2 guests)
- suitable for 1 small sized tent
- suitable for 2 small to medium sized tents or one large tent
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response rate: 67%
The vibe at Big Bend Campsites - Terlingua Las Ruinas Camp
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The town is small and rugged. It's a special place where you're bound to meet fascinating people - artists, wanderers and loners make up the population. And with it's proximity to Big Bend National Park, it's not to be missed if you're in this part of Texas.
As far as camping goes, just be aware that it gets incredibly windy in Terlingua at night and it's rather difficult to keep stakes in the sand. The walls of the tent billowed loudly as an accompaniment to the howls of the wind - we had to place heavy bags in each corner of the tent to keep it down. We woke up fairly sleep deprived, but Espresso y Poco Mas was a show walk away and saved us. Their coffee and breakfast are pretty incredible for being the only option around - it was a welcomed surprise. They also have wireless, though it's spotty.
Also not to be missed:
- Drinking a few beers on the Terlingua Trading Company porch. You can buy a six pack, leave it in their fridge, and just go in and grab one of yours when you need a new one. Meet a stranger or two on the porch. It's not hard.
- Visit the Terlingua cemetery at sunset. It's incredible, and has a nice write up on the history of the town.
- Drive down to Contrabando in Big Bend Ranch State Park. It's the remains of an old Western movie set from the 90's along the Rio Grande. The drive alone makes it worth it, but wandering among the empty buildings that pop up out of nowhere is a pretty surreal experience.
Terlingua Las Ruinas is right in the middle of all the action and perfectly positioned under the dark-sky of West Texas. Camping here combines all the best elements of getting outside with the benefits of staying in town. There's a bathroom within a stone's throw, the local watering hole only a few paces up wind, and the best breakfast spots within 100 miles right down the road. Whether you're taking advantage of the surprisingly active nightlife or spending a quiet night under the stars, you won't spend a minute feeling out of place - Terlingua feels like home.
Campsite was great! Quiet at night, lively during the day. Plus there are 2 local bars nearby (Starlight Theater, just a couple of minute walk away).
Toilets were clean, shower had HOT running water (major plus).
Only con was the ground was tough to drive stakes into (lots of rocks).
If you are looking for a place to crash near everything that is Terlingua this is a good spot. The site is nothing fancy- we pitched our tent right in front of the car. It was very windy the night and morning we stayed- so it provided a bit of a block from that. If the spots next to us had been occupied it would have been too close- but without any direct neighbors it was fine. The bathrooms were close and clean. The shower was also close and was a great shower with warm water. It's directly behind the Boathouse bar so didn't have to travel far in the dark, and just down the hill from the Starlight. Overall if you're looking for a one-night spot to camp while in town I'd recommend. For a longer stay where you'd want to chill at your campsite much not sure I would.
This campsite was great! When I first rolled up, I was a little skeptical, but the location in Terlingua is amazing, right behind a restaurant and bar called The Boathouse, and just a five minute walk from the Starlight Theater. The hosts were extremely accommodating, and in addition to helping us get situated, they gave us a great run down of the local history and the best things to do in town. It is about a 15 minute drive to the southwest entrance to the park, perfect for sunrise over Santa Elena Canyon. I would HIGHLY recommend this campsite!
The campsite is a great spot not too far from Big Bend, and is very open and spread out. I stayed at site 5 which was close to the bathrooms and shower, which is by the Boathouse FYI (we had trouble finding them).
Awesome alternative if you can't find a campsite in Big Bend and want to explore the western part of the park. I would recommend getting there before dark. We were lucky enough to have Betsy greet us and show us around, otherwise it would have been a bit of a challenge to find the camp spot and what not. Terlingua's nightlife was great and the food was exactly what was needed after a long day's hike.
Definitely a must when in the area! I would totally pitch a tent there again!