• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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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?

View from the South Rim

As planning progressed for the new Big Bend National Park in the early 1940s, one prominent proposal called for the construction of a cog railroad or monorail from the Basin to the South Rim. More...