Hipcamp host Allan Y.
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Once a sea, this now desert campground offers views of the mountains into Mexico and the surrounding Terlingua, Texas area. Use your imagination and have fun at our tropical themed campground. There are plenty of cool rocks and an arroyo to explore on this 42 acres. Fossil And shell hunt, hike, bike, enjoy fabulous sunsets and the best stargazing possible. Keep a look out f


Once a sea, this now desert campground offers views of the mountains into Mexico and the surrounding Terlingua, Texas area. Use your imagination and have fun at our tropical themed campground. There are plenty of cool rocks and an arroyo to explore on this 42 acres. Fossil And shell hunt, hike, bike, enjoy fabulous sunsets and the best stargazing possible. Keep a look out for awesome desert plants and wildlife. Feel free to bring a painted rock with your name, date, and where you are from to leave at your campsite. This campground is private and remote but conveniently located within 10 minutes of a store that is well stocked with Wi-Fi, ice, beer, propane and other necessities. This is an off grid campground. If you are looking to unplug, this place is for you. Please remember to bring whatever you need for a complete Boondocking experience, such as water, fuel, shade etc. Please stay on discernible roads, to help preserve this property and pack out ALL trash, human waste, and pet waste.

Please do not remove anything including rocks, shells, fossils, etc. from the property so that others can enjoy them. 

Sites 1 & 2 are suitable for tent camping and very small trailers such as pop ups.  Sites 3 - 7 are suitable for tent camping and travel trailers up to 26'.  Sites 1 & 2 have fire rings with cooking grates on them.  Sites 3 - 7 have a central fire pit that does not have a cooking grate on it and is a community resource.  

Please do be prepared for some leveling if you are utilizing a trailer. 

Generators may be used but please be conscious and respectful of your neighbors that want to enjoy the peace and solitude of this vast open desert space.  Limit generator use as much as possible.  Solar charging works really well during the daytime to top off battery voltage.  Please keep campground lighting to a minimum so that others may enjoy the dark sky for star gazing. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 18ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Allan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Dusty Paddle Site 1 in Texas.


The vibe at Dusty Paddle Site 1

9 Reviews

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Hipcamper Kelwin

Quiet seclusion

Kelwin M.
recommends this listing.
November 17th, 2020

The location was quiet and secluded. Worked well as a base camp for exploring Big Bend National Park. The night sky is amazing! It is a primitive site, but there are several places in Terlingua that have showers and other facilities for a reasonable price. If you want to escape to the wilderness or check out the stars, this is a great place for you!

Milky Way Milky Way The stars are awesome Dawn over mesa
Hipcamper Allan
Response from Allan, the Host, on December 15th, 2020

Kelwin, Thank you so much for your review and your star photos! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to serve you again in the future.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper January

It exceeded our expectations!

January K.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2020

If you go into the desert you should be prepared; have the right car and tires, sunscreen, shade for the heat of the day and plenty of blankets for the night, and a safe place to stay, with incredible views, dessert wildlife, and blissful seclusion, AND a reliable host to depend on. Dusty Paddle was just that place for us. We reached out to Allan in last minute desperation after our group of 8 drove 10 hrs to find out the original campsite we booked was nonexistent. We put in the request and Allan replied instantly and was so helpful and understanding! He treated us like old friends, and helped us with directions ahead of time, so we could find the very secluded site in the middle of the dessert with no phone service. Be sure you get the coordinates and directions from Allan directly, because the map will try to take you the wrong way. And when you get to the gully, keep going right through it, you’re almost there. The site itself was SO beautiful, especially at sunset and sunrise, and is located on a hill overlooking miles of beautiful desert, with mountains and plateaus in the distance. There are several acres to explore with beautiful rocks and plants everywhere. Allan has a space to pull cars into and level ground for setting up tents and a perfect fire pit! We left some firewood in there we brought for the next campers. I would highly recommend this site to anyone looking for an affordable secluded, primitive spot that isn’t too far from town with cell service, a grocery store and a gas station. I’m so grateful to have stayed at this beautiful site.

Plenty of space to set up tents, chairs, and a small camping stoveA place to pull your cars intoPlenty of room to explore, play frisbee (don’t step on the plants!) walk the dogs (wait till the cooler hours!) and to see rocks/plants/wildlifeSunsets illuminated the horizon
Hipcamper Fálki

Sunsets and sunrises

Fálki H.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2020

This was a great little get away spot near Terlingua and Big Bend Ranch State Park. We went for the stars and the sky, and we got lots of both. Be sure to pay close attention to Allan's directions, and I recommend making sure you arrive by light of day as getting to the site could be tricky without good light.

If you've never stayed in the desert, be prepared with lots of water and some layers.

Hipcamper Ron
Ron Y.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2020

Isolated and quiet. Alone with the coyotes. Close to Terlingua and Big Bend NP. Conducive to my trip plan.

Hipcamper Allan
Response from Allan, the Host, on October 31st, 2020

Thank you for your stay, Ron. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the property and those coyotes!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Kelwin
Kelwin M.
recommends this listing.
November 20th, 2020

Great location! Quiet and secluded.
PS. Downloading offline google maps of this area works great for directions since cell service is spotty at best.

Milky Way Milky Way The stars are awesome Dawn over mesa
Hipcamper Vincent
Vincent S.
recommends this listing.
December 3rd, 2020

Dusty Paddle was an awesome campsite! Location was really nice and not too far from overlooking a big washout (small dried out ravine) where water might have run through. We stayed at Site 1 and I didn't expect Site 2 to be so close, so if both sites were occupied, you may not have the privacy you might expect. Both sites were separated by a line of rocks. The camping site itself was very clean, the fire ring was very nice, heavy duty, and looked pretty new. It has a rotating grill grate that was very clean. It is spacious enough for 2-3 tents, with the cars/trucks parked in the drive way.

Allan gave us perfect directions and I mapped out directions ahead of time since there is no signal out there to rely on. I will definitely consider this site again in the future!

Hipcamper Sarah


Sarah R.
recommends this listing.
December 5th, 2020

Host was super helpful and friendly. Very quiet beautiful camping spot.

Hipcamper Amy
Amy M.
recommends this listing.
January 1st, 2021

Loved it here! Nice and quiet and secluded, just like i like it!

Hipcamper Holly

Beautiful desert solitude

Holly M.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2021

If you’re looking for desert solitude, this is the spot! So beautiful. Will definitely be back!

Dusty Paddle
United States
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