Get Away From it All
There is no vehicle "boondocking" or "dispersed camping" in Big Bend, but for those who wish to get away from it all, the park 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.
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Primitive Roadside Campsites— Improved Dirt Roads
Primitive roadside campsites along improved dirt roads are usually accessible to most high-clearance vehicles except after rain when road conditions may require 4-wheel drive vehicles to access these campsites.
Primitive Roadside Campsites— Primitive Dirt Roads
Primitive dirt roads are maintained for rugged high clearance vehicles only, and usually require 4-wheel drive. These roads may be rocky, exposed bedrock, deep ruts, and extensive sections of soft sand/mud that are impossible for passenger cars, minivans, or RVs to negotiate. Rain will make these roads difficult to drive or impassable.
Primitive Campsites for RVs, Camper Vans, or Trailers?
Most primitive campsites in Big Bend are inaccessible to RVs and trailers. The few sites that are accessible to RVs, camper vans, and small trailers are in very high demand. Small RVs (less than 30 feet) and trailers (less than 25 feet) may be accommodated at the following sites depending on availability and road conditions.
Permits for these sites are available online up to 180 days in advance through www.recreation.gov. Most sites are full every night of the year.
Last updated: May 1, 2023