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Located 19 miles from Study Butte/Terlingua, 3 miles off the Hwy 118, and 65 miles south of Alpine, Tierra del Sol Basecamp sets the spectacular far west Texas stars with a beautiful southern view of the Bofecillos Mountains, (Packsaddle, Hen Egg, Panther and Agua Fria). From Study Butte, it’s just another 3 miles into the entrance to Big Bend National Park where you can hike, bike, fish, kayak, go off-roading and even take a day trip into Mexico, with a passport. Near Tierra del Sol, aside from the National Park, you can find the Big Bend Ranch State Park and the Terlingua Ghost Town, along with many of the outfitters to get you on the river our deep into 4x4 country. There are 10 primitive campsites assigned, but essentially, you choose where you place your campsite. A hillside overlooking the 2 mile wide basin at the foot of the Bofecillos or down amongst the wildlife in the Triangle Basin. This is as primitive as primitive gets. There is no water or toilets available at this time, but we hope to have a restroom, water and a shower in place as soon as possible.
Food and supplies (firewood included, but a Burn Ban for the county is in effect) can be purchased at the Little Burro Country Store, 5 miles north on Hwy 118 or the Cottonwood Grocery Store in Study Butte, 20 miles south on Hwy 118.
Camping gear can be rented from Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Tierra del Sol Basecamp
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Wow. This site is incredible – it's nestled right in the rolling hills on the outskirts of several mountains, and has spots for killer sunset watching. The sunset show rolls right into the breakthtaking starry sky that the area is known for.
It's definitely primitive camping, and you'll want to bring a car that can handle bumpy roads and some tricky navigating. It's all part of the adventure, and it's worth it to have this basecamp all to yourself. We fell asleep stargazing and listening to coyotes.
Plus, this site is an easy drive to Terlingua Ghost Town, Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The site itself offers some excellent views, and once you're ready to venture out there is tons to do and explore from there.
Great spot - spent 3 days here since there was no campsites available in Big Bend NP. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and only a short drive from a convience store (closes at 6pm) and the park. Very clean and unique camping spots. You truly are out on your own and not at a crowed overbooked campsite. I will definitely be staying here again if I visit the park. I would not recommend this if you are looking to do hiking within the park. This spot is good if you’re passing through or looking to just do some exploring.
While the Basecamp as of New Years 2018 was still in development/formation, we had a magical time at Tierra del Sol. Incredible skies morning, noon and night. Coyotes howling in the distance, a valley that opens below. It's a bit tricky to get you, suggested 4X4 out to the camp. Paul met us late and made sure were safe and settled, but the property could benefit from some signage and clearer directions out. We had the opportunity to "make a new site" basically, and chose an epic location looking out over the valley below.
From the get-go, Paul was very communicative and helpful and willing to answer my (many) questions :) I was easily able to find the campground thanks to his detailed written instructions. Then, when I got there...just, wow. This place is so gorgeous. If you're looking for true desert solitude, with nothing around except beautiful, rugged mountains and those famous West Texas night skies and sunsets, Tierra del Sol is amazing. It took me just thirty minutes to reach the entrance to Big Bend and about an hour to get to the Chisos Lodge, which is where I started both hikes I did while I was there. I really loved my time at Tierra del Sol and am already planning to go back this fall.
Tierra del Sol was an awesome site. Plenty of open spaces to roam and vistas to enjoy. Campsites are sited with great distance to allow for privacy. The weather was perfect with low 40s to high 70s during spring break. Although we were surprised by the amount of wind in the mountains and decided not to make a fire for 2 nights in a row. Paul was kind enough to clear a site for our travel trailer. This is not suitable for larger trailers unless you are well skilled at backing in and out of tight spaces. The experience in the dessert was amazing and we will come back again and bring the family.
It was a bit hard to find at first. Definitely bring a vehicle capable of off-roading. The views are incredible. In the spring time the night was cold
and very windy. It was also a challenge to stake our tent down, luckily we had some extra heavy duty stakes and were able to stake it down partially. We used big rocks to help keep the tent on the ground. We will come back for sure!
This was a great place to camp! I stayed in site #1 which is the first site on the left as you enter the camp ground. It is down a slope which isolates it from the other sites so there is quiet and privacy. The site overlooks two ravines going roughly NW to SE and the other W to E. There is a stone fire ring and another stone ring protecting a cactus. Near the site you'll see huge outcroppings of quartz that runs for about 100 feet. You can see Hen Egg and other mountains in the near distance. You are basically surrounded by all sorts of geology and almost every kind of land form in a geography text book. Many of the stones on the ground have fossil impressions. You'll see roadrunners and a few different birds that sing nice songs near sundown. The campground is near two famous attractions, the Eco-Ranch and the Field Lab. Both places research and practice sustainable living and self sufficient construction methods. Aqua Fria road is accessible from the camp site and is a really pretty drive. Make sure you have a map of the road system and a compass before trying to explore the surrounding roads or going to Agua Fria. There are a lot of roads out there and it is easy to get turned around. The area in places reminds me of Namibia. Very Sci-Fi desert. I'm sure Gorn from Star Trek would like it. Locating the camp is easy and the road are good. They are a bit bumpy in places but nothing a car can't handle without damage. The video directions help a lot if you are not familiar with the area. Nothing but good things to say. Remember to pack out your stuff. It is easier to just bag up refuse than bury even bio-degradable material. As the evening begins the air will cool and begin to sink. The cooled air will flow down the slopes of the mountains and cliffs and move across the landscape. Be sure to have evening wind in mind when setting up camp. Strong winds can pick up dust. For me the wind was from the east so I parked my vehicle on that side of the site to block the wind. Great Experience and I'll be staying there again!
Great spot! Although it was hot you can do it if you bring a canopy for shade. It is a little rough and harsh desert so bring lots of water and a good attitude. The quietness and views are amazing.