Big Bend National Park Feature
Best Campgrounds in Big Bend
The park's copious campsites are separated, roughly, into two categories—frontcountry and backcountry. Each of its four frontcountry sites, except Rio Grande Village RV Campground, has toilet facilities at a minimum. Far more numerous are the primitive backcountry sites, which require $10 permits from the visitor center. Primitive campsites with spectacular views are accessed via River Road, Glenn Springs, Old Ore Road, Paint Gap, Old Maverick Road, Grapevine Hills, Pine Canyon, and Croton Springs.
Chisos Basin Campground. Scenic views and cool shade are the highlights here. 7 miles southwest of Chisos Basin Junction 432/477–2251 www.reserveusa.com.
Cottonwood Campground. This Castolon-area campground is a popular bird-watching spot near the Rio Grande. Off Ross Maxwell Scenic Dr., 22 miles southwest of Santa Elena Junction 432/477–2251 www.reserveusa.com.
Maverick Ranch RV Park. Owned by Lajitas Golf Resort, this layout has 101 RV sites and 18 primitive camping sites. RV connections are 30/50 amps, and there is a clubhouse, deli, hot showers, laundry facilities, picnic area, and hiking trails. It's also pet-friendly. FM 170 432/424-5180 www.lajitasgolfresort.com
Rio Grande Village Campground. A shady oasis, this campground is a birding hot spot. It's also a great site for kids and seniors, due to the ease of accessing facilities. 22 miles southeast of Panther Junction 432/477–2293 www.reserveusa.com.
Rio Grande Village RV Park. Often full during holidays, this is one of the best sites for families because of the minitheater and proximity to the hot spring, which is fun to soak in at night. 22 miles southeast of Panther Junction 432/477–2293 www.reserveusa.com.