Plan Ahead and be Prepared
For those who wish to get away from it all, Big Bend offers 64 primitive campsites along backcountry roads. These sites are located in the most remote desert areas of the park. Some require hours of challenging driving to reach. A sturdy high-clearance and usually 4-wheel drive is necessary to safely reach most of them.
Primitive roadside campsites offer nice views, solitude, and a small flat gravel space to set up camp next to your vehicle. No shade, toilets, or other amenities are provided. The use of generators is prohibited in the backcountry.
- These sites are primitive backcountry sites and will not accommodate large RVs and trailers. Plan accordingly.
- There are strict vehicle length and capacity limits for each campsite, so plan accordingly.
- A backcountry use permit is required to camp at any of these sites.
- Permits for the most popular 34 campsites are available online (up to 6 months in advance) via www.recreation.gov. These sites are typically full every night of the year.
- Permits for the remaining 30 primitive roadside campsites (located along the River Road, Glenn Springs Road, and Old Maverick Road) are only available in person at Panther Junction Visitor Center (daily 8:30 am - 5:00 pm) and Chisos Basin Visitor Center (daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), 24 hours in advance of your first night's stay.
NOTE: A rugged high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is required to access these campsites. You will NOT be able to reach these sites with a passenger car, minivan, or RV, and rangers will not issue permits for those types of vehicles.
- Site photos and detailed descriptions are linked below.