This campsite is located right next to a very famous body of water, betcha can’t guess which one? That’s right, the Amazon River!! Wait a second...? Ok we were just pulling your leg. The Rio Grande is, indeed, correct! Just beyond the river bank, this 100-site campground with flush toilets, picnic tables, grills and running water is set among a large grove of cottonwood trees. Four group sites are also available by reservation, with capacities between 9-20 people for sites A and B, and 9-40 for sites C and D. Any less and it’s not a real party; any more and it’s an all out rager! So if you do decide to have an epic blowout, just make sure to reserve multiple sites.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
100 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching
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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 18th, 2015

Rio Grande Village is an interesting close quarters mix of tent camping and RV sites. The Tent camping is in the far east side of the site and has good wind cover. If you are tent camping, be sure to set up inside the "no generator zone" so you're not kept up all night by the RV campers. This site is super windy as it sits in a large valley. Typical wind speeds of 15mph or higher.

The nature trail on the southeast end of this campsite is really beautiful! If you're tent camping, make sure to head to the back of the sites in the "generator free zone."Ample space in each tent site for multiple tents. The brush makes decent wind cover too. Make sure to bring cash to pay for the spot. There is an ATM at the Rio Grande Village camp store if you forget!
Hipcamper Emily
Emily M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 14th, 2017

Rio Grande Village has the most openings and largest sites if you drop in to Big Bend National Park without a reservation. Less busy than Chisos Basin sites. We were planning on backcountry camping--which is first-come, first-serve--but were not able to get passes the first two nights. Winter is their busy season (the desert gets hot!), so go to Rio Grande Village first to nab a spot. It is by Boquillos Canyon (where you can cross the border to the small town), with the Sierra del Carmen range as a backdrop at the camp sites. Boquillos Hot Springs (a must after-hike soak) only a quarter-mile hike from a mile unpaved, but low-clearance drive off the main road. Expect to find handmade Mexican gifts there and petroglyphs.

Tent sites $14/night when we camped. We easily fit three 4-person tents on the site. Sites in the middle of the campground were the largest.Make sure to relax at the Boquillos hot springs after a long hike. We went on New Year's Eve at midnight and stargazed. It is a short walk with abandoned old buildings and petroglyphs on the way. The unpaved drive is easy for just about any car.
Waking up to a cup of coffee and planning the day's hikes. Our favorite hike was the Lost Mines Trail. Pick up a park map at the campground stores or as you enter at Persimmon Gap.
The Lost Mines Trail in the basin was our favorite hike. When you think you've reached the end and can't see past the last ridge, keep going and you'll walk along the mountain ridge for some of the best views in the park.
Hipcamper Kelsie
Kelsie L.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2017

Honestly this campground is about a 45 minute drive to many of the iconic hikes and sights at Big Bend so if camping here it's important to account for the travel time when planning out hikes. All of the campsites are very close together and sound carries so it's important not to get too rowdy (as our neighbors did and kept us up most of the night on multiple occasions). The sites are located in a basin and so the sunsets and rises are very attractive and the chance to see jack rabbits is at peak. Reserving sites can be tricky as this is a very large park without a lot of camping areas so if you want to camp there you need to reserve months in advance.

Hipcamper James
James H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 19th, 2015

We stayed here on Oct 29, 2014. They water the area by floor so make sure you pitch your tent on high ground. We saw javelina out and about most of the night. You also want to make sure you keep your smellables either in the car or bear box to keep the javelinas from visiting your tent. What is a smellables?

Sunset from the peak on the south side of camp.The Rio Grande Village campgrounds from the top of a peak on a short trail on the south side of the campgrounds.
Hipcamper Texas
Texas V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 21st, 2015

Rio Grande Village is similar to Cottonwood Campground but offers more sites. There are Javelina warning signs on every picnic table so make sure to keep your food stored in the car or bear box offered at each site. Nearby attractions are Boquillas Canyon, Hot Springs and Rio Grande Village Nature Trail.

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Hipcamper Tierra
Tierra F.
recommends this listing.
February 13th, 2017

Be sure to pay at the very beginning as you are entering the camp. It's easy to miss on your way in.

Hipcamper Melinda
Melinda H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 23rd, 2017

We recently stayed at the Rio Grande campground because the Chisos Campground was closed due to a fire. The campsites were a bit closer to each other than we prefer, but thankfully we had quiet neighbors. It can be close to 50 degrees hotter here than in the Chisos, so be sure to get a site with tons of shade. Make sure you hit up the hot springs just down the road!

Hipcamper Renee
Renee I.
recommends this listing.
February 6th, 2018

Took horses for a week of camping and riding. Saw a different area of the park each day.

Hipcamper James
James W.
recommends this listing.
February 16th, 2018

$16 to stay, even though there are no hookups. There are a couple of restrooms, and water spigots. Close access to several trails, including the Hot Springs Trail. General Store nearby with wifi connection (no service in the campground). Close to port-of-entry to Boquillas, Mexico. Worth the trip across the river ($5 row boat).

Make the short trip across the river to Boquillas. Doooo it.
Big Bend National Park
United States
Phone Number
(432) 477-2251
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29.188° N, 102.974° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 100 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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