Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Camping at Big Bend

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.

 

Rio Grande Village Campground:

 

Set in a large grove of cottonwoods, the campground is adjacent to the Rio Grande. Elevation-1,850 feet.

 

Open All Year

 

Details:

$14 per night ($7 per night for bearers of applicable passes). This 100 site campground has flush toilets, running water, picnic tables, grills, and some overhead shelters. Dump Station nearby; NO HOOK-UPS.

 

Reservable Campsites:

Reservations for 43 sites may be made November 15 to April 15. Reservations can be made through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.

 

Group Camping:

The Rio Grande Village Campground has four group camp sites that are available only by advance reservation. The total overnight occupancy for the Rio Grande Village group campground is 120 persons. All sites in this campground have a minimum occupancy of 9 persons. Sites A and B comprise the area on the east side of the comfort station. Maximum occupancy for each site is 20 persons. Sites C and D comprise the area on the west side of the comfort station. Maximum occupancy for each site is 40 persons. This group campground is walk-in tent camping only. Vehicle parking is restricted to an adjacent parking area.

 

To reserve a group campsite, contact recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.

 

Chisos Basin Campground:

 

The 60-site Chisos Basin Campground is rugged and hilly. The sites are small and most are not suited to recreational vehicles or trailers. The road to the Basin is steep and curvy, especially at Panther Pass—the road's highest point. The road into the campground is a 15 percent grade. Trailers longer than 20 feet and RVs longer than 24 feet are not recommended. Elevation-5,400 feet.

 

Open All Year

 

Details:

60 campsites. Flush toilets, running water, grills, and picnic tables are available. NO HOOK-UPS. $14 per night ($7 per night for bearers of applicable passes).

 

Due to the narrow, winding road to the Basin, and small campsites, trailers over 20' and RV's over 24' are not recommended at this campground.

 

Reservable Campsites:

Reservations available for 26 sites November 15 to April 15. Contact recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.

 

Group Camping:

The Chisos Basin Campground has six group camp sites that are available only by advance reservation. The total overnight occupancy for the Chisos Basin group campground is 118 persons. All sites in this campground have a minimum occupancy of 9 persons. Sites L, P, Q, and R hold a maximum of 20 persons each. Sites N and O hold a maximum occupancy of 14 persons each. Site M has a maximum occupancy of 10 persons. Tents larger than 8' X 8' are not recommended because of site layout; however, sites P, Q, and R can accommodate larger tents if necessary. Sites P, Q, and R have shade ramadas.

 

To reserve a group campsite, contact recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

 

Cottonwood Campground:

 

Cottonwood Campground, near the Castolon Historic District, is located near the Rio Grande. The campground has pit toilets and potable water, but no hookups or dump station. The use of generators is not allowed in Cottonwood Campground. Elevation-1,900 feet.

 

Open All Year

 

Details:

31 campsites. $14 per night ($7 per night for bearers of applicable passes). Pit toilets, picnic tables, grills, and water are available. No Hook-ups. No dump station. NO GENERATORS ALLOWED. A small picnic area is available across from campsite #23.

 

Group Camping:

The Cottonwood Campground has one group camp site that is available only by advance reservation. Maximum occupancy for this group campsite is 25 persons. Minimum capacity is 9 persons. This group campground is walk-in tent camping only. Vehicle parking is restricted to an adjacent parking area.

 

To reserve the group campsite, contact recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations.

 

 

REGULATIONS

 

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.

 

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.