Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Camping

Campground Reservations

Reserving a frontcountry campsite
Big Bend National Park has partnered with Recreation.gov in accepting campground reservations at the developed frontcountry campgrounds.

Forty-three (43) sites at Rio Grande Village campground and twenty-six (26) sites at the Chisos Basin campground are reservable from November 15th to April 15th each year. Visitors may contact ReserveUSA year round to make reservations for the period of November 15th through April 15th of each year. All remaining campsites in these two campgrounds and the entire Cottonwood campground remain on the first-come, first-serve basis.

Group campsites at Rio Grande Village, the Chisos Basin, and Cottonwood Campgrounds are reservable year round and reservations may be made 360 days in advance. Reservations for Rio Grande Village and the Chisos Basin campgrounds family-type sites may be made 180 days in advance.

From April through November, campsite reservations are not taken, as the campgrounds rarely fill during this time of year.

Reservations may be made through the Internet: www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.

Reserving a backcountry campsite
Use of backcountry campsites requires a backcountry use permit. These permits must be obtained in person, up to twenty-four (24) hours in advance at any visitor center. Advance reservations are not possible.

Campgrounds

The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds at Rio Grande Village, the Chisos Basin, and the Cottonwood campground, near Castolon. The cost is $14.00 per night for a site. A concession-operated full hook-up RV campground is also available at Rio Grande Village.

Campground Reservations
A limited number of campsites in Rio Grande Village and the Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable; these sites are reservable for the time period from November 15 to April 15 each year. Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by visiting recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.
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Camping Limits
Visitors cannot camp at developed campground sites for more than 14 consecutive nights, or for more than 28 nights (including both frontcountry and backcountry camping) in a calendar year, or at any one site for more than 14 nights in a calendar year. Occupying developed frontcountry campsites for more than 14 nights during the period from February 1 through April 15 is prohibited.

Backcountry Camping
Camping is also available at primitive backcountry campsites in the Chisos Mountains and along backcountry roads. High clearance or 4-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to reach most road sites. Big Bend's unpaved roads are generally unsuitable for RVs and trailers (check current conditions with a ranger). Overnight camping in any of the primitive road sites requires a backcountry use permit, obtained in person at park visitor centers up to 24 hours in advance.
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Camping areas are often full during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as during spring break in March or April. The only public showers and laundry facilities in the park are located at the Rio Grande Village store.

Campground Elevation Sites Fee Facilities Registration Comments
Chisos Basin 5,401 ft. 60 $14* flush toilets, dump station self-pay Surrounded by rocky cliffs. Many hiking trails nearby.
Cottonwood 2,169 ft. 35 $14* Pit toilets,
generator use not allowed
self-pay In a shady grove along the river. Grassy. Good birding.
Rio Grande Village 1,850 ft. 100 $14* flush toilets, dump station self-pay Largest campground. Shady sites. Laundry and showers nearby.
Rio Grande Village RV 1,850 ft. 25 Starts at $26.00 Full hookups at RGV camp store Concession-operated. Adjacent to store.
*$7 with applicable passes.