About Chisos Basin Campground
- Listing type: Public
- No. of sites: 67
- Phone: (432) 477-2251
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs
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Chisos Basin is the most sought after campground in Big Bend..so 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Went to Big Bend in early November which is a perfect time to go. There were not many crowds and were able to walk up and grab a site, although there weren't many available. Great campsite with adequate facilities. From the campground it is a short drive to any other part of the amazing park. Highly recommend it!
Big Bend is a special place for those of us in TX who mostly host 'hill country.' The drive down from Alpine is one of progressive excitement as the limestone canyons come into view and the vastness of the desert begins to make its impression. The park itself presents a beginner-friendly infrastructure with all the conveniences you need if you're not at the backcountry/primitive level quite yet (although those options, too, are available and highly recommended). My one comment would be to reconsider taking any pet(s) with you as both the park regulations and natural climate make it extremely difficult for you to enjoy these particular outdoors with your companion. A friend of mine brought his German Shepherd, and on quite an easy hike (Hot Springs Trail), ended up having him rescued due to overheating - kudos to Ranger Juan. Other than that, the park is beautiful, and the Window/Emory Peak trails are both gorgeous at sunrise. Enjoy!