Cottonwood Campground
Cottonwood Campground is a shady oasis near the Rio Grande.

Developed Campgrounds
There are four campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds that provide drinking water and restroom facilities. In addition, a full hookup RV camping area is operated by the park concessioner, Forever Resorts.

Wood fires and ground fires are NOT allowed anywhere in the park. A charcoal fire in an above-ground grill is allowed; ashes must be packed out. Liquid-fuel stoves are allowed.

NPS Campgrounds

Concession Campground
  • Rio Grande Village RV Park
    (Operated by Forever Resorts. 25 sites with full hook-ups).
    Located adjacent to the Rio Grande Village Store.
    For reservations call 432-477-2293.

NPS Campground Reservations

Reservations are required for Big Bend National Park Campgrounds. Reservations can be made by visiting
Big Bend National Park employees cannot make reservations for you. Please note: we recommend that the first thing you do on is create an account, then select the campsites you're interested in.

Camping Limits

  • Visitors are welcome to stay in the park up to 14 consecutive nights in either a front or backcountry site, with a limit of 28 total nights in the park in a calendar year.
  • Campers can occupy a specific site up to 14 total nights in a year.
  • EXCEPTION: During the busy season from January 1–April 15, visitors are limited to a total of 14 nights in the park.
  • Campground Regulations

Camping Options Outside of Big Bend National Park

There are a variety of options for camping outside the park when Big Bend is full.


Backcountry Camping

For visitors with rugged vehicles, or the willingness to leave the road behind and backpack into the wild, Big Bend provides options for backcountry camping.

A backcountry permit is required for all backcountry camping and river trips.

Backpacking Group Size Limit

An organized group or individual party may not exceed a 15 person limit.

  • In the Chisos Mountains: There is currently only one Chisos backpacking campsite that can accommodate a group of 15. Groups may split into separate campsites - however the 15 person size limit cannot be exceeded. (A group is limited to a total of 15 people in the High Chisos at one time.)
  • In the desert: Groups over 15 people will also need to split up and backpack into separate, non-adjacent zones.

Last updated: January 7, 2022

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park , TX 79834-0129



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