Primitive Roadside Campsites

Terlingua Abajo Campsite Sign
Terlingua Abajo Campsite Sign

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Primitive site along Pine Canyon Road
Primitive site along Pine Canyon Road

For those who wish to tent 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 a couple of sites are accessible to most vehicles, a high-clearance and sometimes 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to reach most of them. Primitive sites 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 not designed to accommodate RVs and trailers.
  • A backcountry use permit is required to camp at any of these sites.

**NOTICE: beginning February 1, 2020 a selection of primitive roadside campsites will be included in the online reservation system at Read More


Primitive Roadside Campsites— Improved Dirt Roads

Primitive roadside campsites along improved dirt roads are usually accessible to passenger vehicles except after rain when road conditions may deteriorate and require the use of high clearance or even 4-wheel drive vehicles to access these campsites.


Primitive Roadside Campsites— Primitive Dirt Roads

Primitive dirt roads are maintained for high clearance vehicles only, and may require 4-wheel drive. They may be rocky with areas of soft sand that are unsafe for sedans or RVs. Rain can make roads difficult to drive or impassable.

Last updated: January 16, 2020

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