Primitive Roadside Campsites
For those who wish to camp in the backcountry without having to backpack, Big Bend offers a number of primitive campsites along backcountry roads. These sites are located in the desert and along the Rio Grande. While some sites are accessible to most vehicles, a high clearance and/or 4x4 vehicle is necessary to reach others. A backcountry use permit is required to camp at any of these sites.Primitive sites offer excellent views, solitude, and a flat gravel space to set up camp next to your vehicle. No shade, toilets, or other amenities are provided.
Did You Know?
Below the Rockslide in Santa Elena Canyon is “Smuggler’s Cave.” Of course, it is one of the many legendary sites of hidden treasure in the area of Big Bend National Park. This is unlikely, as it is also too difficult to reach for just an average outlaw "hangout." More...