About Tierra del Sol Basecamp
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) 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.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 5
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Tents, Cars
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 6 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.
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.