RV Camping

a campground with a small wood structure surrounded by green trees with a mountain range along the horizon of a blue sky
A view of the Sierra del Carmen from the Rio Grande Village campground.

NPS

 

Developed Campgrounds

There are four developed camping areas in Big Bend National Park

The only option that offers RV hookups is operated by the park's concession, Forever Resorts.

  • Rio Grande Village RV Park offers 25 sites with full hook-ups (water, electrical, and a 3-inch sewer connection).
    OPEN: Reservations REQUIRED For reservations call the Rio Grande Village Store at (432) 477-2293.


The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds suitable for RVs that provide drinking water and restroom facilities. Dump stations are located at Rio Grande Village and the Chisos Basin campground.

  • Rio Grande Village Campground - 100 sites
    OPEN: Reservations REQUIRED through www.recreation.gov
  • Chisos Basin Campground - 60 sites (RVs over 24 feet or trailers over 20 feet are not recommended due to the narrow, winding road to the Basin and the small campsites in this campground) OPEN: Reservations REQUIRED through www.recreation.gov
  • Cottonwood Campground - 24 sites (no generators allowed)
    OPEN: Reservations REQUIRED through www.recreation.gov

NPS Campground Reservations

Approximately two-thirds of the campsites in the Rio Grande Village campground and Cottonwood Campground are reservable from November 1 - April 15, and in the Chisos Basin campground year-round. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance by visiting Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations. For more information visit the campground reservations page.

Primitive Roadside Campsites for RVs and Trailers

Note: Generator use is not allowed at primitive roadside campsites.


Big Bend offers a number of designated primitive campsites along backcountry roads. There is no overflow or "boondocking" in parking lots or along park roads. You may only camp in designated primitive roadside campsites.

The majority of primitive roadside campsites in Big Bend are inaccessible to RVs and trailers. Camping permits for sites that are accessible to RVs and trailers are in 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.
Backcountry use regulations and group size limits apply. Visit the backcountry use page for more information.

Camping Limits

Visitors can 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. Between January 1–April 15, visitors are limited to a total of 14 nights in the park.

Last updated: January 8, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

432-477-2251

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