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Campgrounds of Big Bend

There are three developed campgrounds within Big Bend National Park. They are at greatly varying elevations, and that has a large effect on what time of year they are busy and popular. Details are in each listing below.

Chisos Basin Campground

  • Size & Cost: 60 sites, $16 per site
  • Open: All Year
  • Reservations: Reserve Online
  • Location: Near the end of the six mile narrow and winding road to Chisos Basin
  • Amenities: Running water, flush toilets, grills and picnic tables, dump station
  • Demand: High. This campground is at higher elevation than most of the park and therefore cooler. It can be tolerable even in summer. It is often full during peak visitation. Reservations are suggested.

Cottonwood Campground

  • Size & Cost: 24 sites, $14 per site
  • Open: All Year
  • Reservations: No, first come, first served
  • Location: Off of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive near Castolon
  • Amenities: Running water, vault toilets, grills and picnic tables
  • Demand: Moderate. This campground has a lot of shade, but is at a relatively low elevation, so it can be quite hot in the summer. During peak winter season it sometimes fills.

Rio Grande Village Campground

  • Size & Cost: 100 sites, $16 per site
  • Open: All Year
  • Reservations: Reserve Online
  • Location: At the end of the eastern park road in Rio Grande Village
  • Amenities: Running water, flush toilets, grills and picnic tables, dump station, showers and campstore nearby
  • Demand: High. This campground is the primary camping area in the park, and it is almost always full during peak visitation. Reservations are suggested. It is an extremely hot area during the summer.

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