• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

Cottonwood Campground

Horseback patrol through the Cottonwood campground
Camping at Cottonwood.
© Sterling Brooks
 

Cottonwood Campground is a quiet, shady desert oasis located between the Castolon Historic District and scenic Santa Elena Canyon.

Elevation
2,169 ft.

Open
Year-round

Details
24-site campground (no hook-ups). $14 per night ($7 with applicable passes). Pit toilets, picnic tables, grills, and water are available. No dump station, no generators allowed. A small picnic area is available across from campsite #23.

Group Camping
Cottonwood Campground has one group camp site available by advance reservation only. Maximum occupancy is 25 persons. Minimum occupancy is 9 persons. 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.

Did You Know?

Riders on the South Rim, 1945

Many of the hiking trails in the High Chisos were originally established as stock trails to move livestock in and out of the mountains prior to the establishment of the park. These former ranching trails include the Blue Creek Canyon trail, and portions of the South Rim trail.