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
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
67 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching
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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 21st, 2015

Chisos Basin is the most sought after campground in Big book it early (only so many reservable sites), or be prepared to arrive plenty early to get an open site that is first come first serve. You are right in the middle of the Chisos mountains, and have amazing views in any direction. Since it's in the mountains it is typically just tent camping at this campground. Enjoy the sound of coyotes through the night and early morning as they love to roam around the grounds!

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 4th, 2015

Chisos Basin is smack dab in the middle of the park. It has plenty of hiking trails leading from it, so you know that you will always have a place to go. There are restrooms and bear-proof boxes, both of which ensure a very clean campsite. At night, you can look up and see the beautiful night sky, and the sunrise is breathtaking as you see the sunlight slowly spill over the mountains that surround the site. Since people in Texas know how to be hospitable, unlike the rest of America, there is always peace and quiet. If you sit still, you won't hear a sound, and a grey fox might even wander close to your campsite. There are also grills placed at every site, so you won't go hungry or have to make a fire to survive. Book early, or arrive early because most of the year they are first come/first serve, although during the summer you shouldn't have a problem getting a site.

Hipcamper Texas
Texas V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 21st, 2015

Chisos Basin is a spectacular campground right in the heart of the park. There are spectacular views of the night sky and great hiking trails close by. Lost Pine Trail, The Window Trail, and the hike to Emory Peak are easily accessible from the campsite. The sites are pretty close to one another so if you want a little privacy, it's best to arrive early and reserve a site.

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Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 1st, 2016

This campsite is absolutely gorgeous - definitely the most sought after campground in Big Bend. There are stunning 360º views and we spotted some cute wildlife while there! The drive is steep and most RV's can't make it - so be sure you're driving the right vehicle before making the trip!

Absolutely breathtaking views!!!
Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 28th, 2016

awesome camp site! not too difficult to reserve during colder months. I recommend trying to go when there is a new moon, I don't know if I have ever seen brighter stars. One of the best views I have experienced while camping.

Hipcamper Jack
Jack S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 14th, 2016

Love this picture of my daughter in Chisos Basin !

Hipcamper emily
Emily C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 7th, 2016

One of the most beautiful campsites I've ever been to. The night sky alone is worth the trip down to Big Bend but there are also 2 of the best trails in the park within a short walk from the campground. You also have the lodge, ranger center, and general store just a hop skip and a jump away!

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Hipcamper joel
Joel R.
recommends this listing.
March 3rd, 2017

Plan on going to bed at 745 because that's apparently when everyone else goes to sleep. Nice place but way too close together. I don't like hearing 30 sleeping pads crinkling all night.

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Hipcamper michelle
Michelle F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 19th, 2017

Spent one night in this campground, arrived in the dark and awoke to the most beautiful mountains surrounding the campground. This location fills up fast, but when I was there in early August there were a few empty spots over the weekend. Each site has a shade cover and a bear box, clean facilities and it felt very well spaced out. Not a bad spot in the joint. Star gazing at it's finest, Big Bend is one of the few "dark parks" where there is no light noise, leaving a sky full of stars. I recommend going during the Perseid meteor shower!

Sunrise blooms, pit stop on the way to Cottonwood Campground. Sunrise... driving from Chisos Basin to Cottonwood early in the morning. Santa Elena Canyon Chisos Basin Campground
Big Bend National Park
United States
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(432) 477-2251
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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)

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