Hipcamp host Kyle J.
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We were recently featured in the Austin American Statesman - search for "Seeking Solitude, and celebrating a milestone, in West Texas"  

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, (Packsad


We were recently featured in the Austin American Statesman - search for "Seeking Solitude, and celebrating a milestone, in West Texas"  

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 5 primitive campsites assigned.  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 available onsite. There is a composting outhouse onsite. 

Food and supplies can be purchased at 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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
5 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Kyle a message!
  • 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


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Hours of mountain biking throughout Terlingua Ranch.


Fishing in Big Bend NP at St. Elena's Canyon


Rock Hounding of quartz and other minerals on site. Great place to find fossils, too.

Horseback riding

Stables at Terlingua Ranch Lodge


Kayak and canoe rentals in Study Butte

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Tierra del Sol Basecamp in Texas.


Mountainous views, Stargazing

River, stream, or...

The vibe at Tierra del Sol Basecamp

Places to see near Tierra del Sol Basecamp

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Hipcamper Lizzie
Lizzie J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
November 13th, 2017

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.

Cooking up hamburgers for dinner. We took our camp chairs and dinner on a short hike to watch the sun set between the mountains.tent mountain lodgingCooking dinner just in time to catch the sunset.
Hipcamper Eric
Eric M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 17th, 2018

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.

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Hipcamper Ben
Ben S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 18th, 2018

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!

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Hipcamper Sky Ranch
Sky Ranch .
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
April 2nd, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Ben
Ben H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
April 2nd, 2018

A fantastic site with spectacular desert views, loved it! The wind gets up at night, so make sure your pegs are in firm.

Hipcamper Carson
Carson K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
May 30th, 2018

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.

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Hipcamper Kyle
Response from Kyle, the Host, on May 30th, 2018

I hope you had a great time, even when it was so hot out there and you're welcome to come back any time especially when the temperatures cool down.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Harris
Harris B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 7th, 2018

Killer spot, highly recommend! Of course if you come in the summer bring plenty of water, and a covering source for shade. Very peaceful and relaxing trip.

Hipcamper Jake
Jake F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 10th, 2018


Hipcamper Dasha
Dasha T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
November 28th, 2018

Tierra del Sol Basecamp is absolutely perfect for what my friend's and I were seeking. The location is nice and remote, close to Big Bend and Terlingua, and is such an amazing view! We couldn't be happier 😊

The only difficulty we found were the directions - they could be written a bit clearer. It would also be beneficial for Paul to add some type of road sign to make sure you are on the right path, but that's being pretty nitpicky (it is camping after all).

Paul was responsive, easy to work with and very very friendly.

We look forward to camping here again!

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