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No its not just a mirage, those really are pit toilets! Ok we know you’re excited, but simmer down. Seriously you’re at like a 9. 5 right now and we need you to be at more of a 6. Well, since you’re so excited about pit toilets, who knows what will happen once you find out there are grills, water and wait for it… PICNIC TABLES! Your enthusiasm for campsite amenities aside, this Continue reading...
No its not just a mirage, those really are pit toilets! Ok we know you’re excited, but simmer down. Seriously you’re at like a 9.5 right now and we need you to be at more of a 6. Well, since you’re so excited about pit toilets, who knows what will happen once you find out there are grills, water and wait for it… PICNIC TABLES! Your enthusiasm for campsite amenities aside, this calm, forested 24-site desert oasis really is a great place to spend a night (or two!). Call ahead to reserve Cottonwood’s only group campground, which is walk-in with a max. capacity of 25.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, cars
No. of sites
31
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 25 people per site
No picnic table
No RV hookup
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wildlife watching
Biking
Boating
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Cottonwood Campground

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Hipcamper James

They water the campground by flooding the area. We did not see a schedule, just a sign that said pitch you tent on high ground. We only stayed one night and weren't sure if we where on high ground or not, but they did not water while we where there so we were good. We had a great night stargazing! The nights where cool and the days hot. The winter time is the busy season for this area. Make sure you have everything you need because there are not any major stores in the area. The best you can do is a couple of gas station, one in Study Butte out side the park and one on Panther Jct Rd near Main Park Rd. Both stores do have gas!

Hipcamper Peter

Hiking up to the Santa Elena Canyon entrance is a must-do if you are in the area. Watching the canyon rise up 1500 feet off the desert floor (or watching it drop off into nothing, if you're coming from the opposite direction) is mind-blowing.

Hipcamper Texas

Beautiful campsites with close access to Santa Elena Canyon which is a must see if visiting the park! Cottonwood is less crowded than some of the other campsites. We went in November and there was only one other camper in the campground. Be advised that the park waters the campground at night and you must pitch tents on high ground. If you happen to be out of your tent at night, it's best to keep a lamp with you and stay on the camp roads.

Hipcamper michelle

I liked the quiet of this campground, it's more secluded as its at the far reaches of the park. It is closer to Santa Elena canyon, but expect another 40 minutes of scenic driving before you reach it past Chisos Basin. Fresh water, and vault toilets is all you will find, but shade trees over each camping spot ( that I can remember). Bear boxes too. No reservations, but doesn't fill up unless its a holiday weekend. Camped in early August and found the nights cool enough to be comfortable. This is my go-to campground for this park!

Park
Big Bend National Park
State
Texas
Phone Number
(432) 477-2251
Directions
View on Google Maps
Official Website
View Website
Coordinates
29.133° N, 103.52° W
$27/night
Tent Only - Group: 31 Sites
(Up to 25 people per site)