If most campsites are like hostels—you share a space with a bunch of travelers you’ve never met—then the three Pila Montoya sites are like private suites for you and up to seven friends. Ok, not quite suites given that there is no water or electricity and really just a picnic table to speak of, but these three scenic solo sites with only two tent pads each are certainly private. Plus, the area is stunning and diverse—you can easily hike the low road and wind through Fresno Canyon or the high road and conquer Sauceda Solitario Peak, one of the highest points in the park at 4,786 feet.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
3 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Stretching along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, the Big Bend Ranch State Park is an amazing location for the adventurous. Th...Read more


The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo area offers great day-use access where visitors can float and fish!


Fishing is accessible for day use in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo area. If you need it, you can purchase a fishing license inside t...Read more


Big Bend Ranch State Park is the biggest Texas State Park—so there’s plenty to explore. Hike around the 238 miles of multiuse t...Read more

Horseback riding

In addition to riding on the trails, there are equestrian campsites available for overnight stays! There are a few rules you ha...Read more


For a day trip on the water, visit the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor to raft, canoe, picnic and fish. Several access points lie...Read more


Although there isn’t a great place for swimming inside Big Bend Ranch State Park, on your way in or out, stop for a dip in the ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

For a day trip on the water, visit the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor to raft, canoe, picnic and fish. Several access points lie...Read more

Wildlife watching

Big Bend Ranch State Park is the perfect location for beautiful geology, birds, animals, and plants. There are more than 300 bi...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Pila Montoya Campsite.

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March 20th, 2018

We just got back from Pila Montoya 3 which I must say--based on dozens of back country camping trips to the big bend area--is the best all around site we've ever stayed at. Here are the most important things to know:
- we made it to the site in a 4wd Rav 4 w/street tires, not that i would recommend trying it. The road in definitely requires 4wd, but the biggest risk is getting a flat tire--i would not try this again without good all terrain tires
- there's a shelter over the picnic table and a pit toilet. info on this is mixed on other sites
- there's a ton of great hiking all around the site, with plenty of smallish mountains to climb, very awesome for young kids.
- lots of tent pad room but also lots of little rocks; bring a good pad.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
United States
Phone Number
(512) 389-8900
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29.508° N, 103.861° W
Tent / Van: 3 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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