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.
You may now obtain a backcountry permit for most primitive roadside campsites up to 6 months in advance.
Obtain a backcountry permit for these sites online via www.recreation.gov
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 will make these roads difficult to drive or impassable.
Last updated: November 24, 2020