Rio Grande Village Campground Temporary Closure

Mountains seen from the Rio Grande Village campground.
The Sierra del Carmen from the Rio Grande Village Campground.

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

Campground Closed May 30 through October 31, 2017

Big Bend National Park is currently conducting deferred maintenance projects at Rio Grande Village. The park is replacing a water tank and waste water lagoon liners which will affect water availability and sewage treatment. These two projects will help reduce the $91 million dollars of deferred maintenance projects at Big Bend National Park, and will directly benefit visitors by maintaining safe drinking water and waste disposal for the future. However during this time of limited water availability temporary closures will be enacted. The Rio Grande Village RV campground and camp store will remain open with limited services.

Visitors will still be able to use hiking trails and visit points of interest in the area such as Boquillas Canyon, the Boquillas Port of Entry, and the Hot Springs Distoric District. Pedestrian access to the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail will be available as well, but visitors are cautioned to watch for equipment on the roadways.

Limited Services at the RV Campground and Camp Store

The Rio Grande Village RV campground and camp store are open with limited services. During this time:
  • Public Restrooms are available during normal operating hours: 9AM to 5PM.
  • There is no access to showers or washing machines during the closure.
  • The fee for RV camping is $24 per night for electric use only.
  • No water available. Bring your own water in storage tanks.
  • No sewer available. All grey and black water must be contained in RV.
  • No dump station available. There is a dump station in Terlingua at Big Bend Resorts and Adventures.
The park reminds visitors that shower facilities and additional camping sites are available outside the park at Stillwell’s Ranch and RV park north of the park, and within Terlingua and Study Butte just west of the park. provides additional information on these facilities.

The Cottonwood and Chisos Basin Campgrounds will remain open during this closure. For information about these facilities visit the camping page.

Camping Outside the National Park

Updated 05/15/17: All information subject to change

West of Big Bend National Park:

Big Bend Ranch State Park(432) 424-3327 Barton Warnock Center - Hwy 170 - 17 miles west of Study Butte. (432) 358-4444 or (512) 399-8919 for camping and lodging reservations.

Study Butte RV Park – (432) 371-2468 [across from Cottonwood Store on Hwy 118] - reservations can be made. RV sites = 14 full hook-ups (Wi-Fi), Unlimited Tents - 3 acres for tents/dry camping

Big Bend Resort and Adventures – (432) 371-2218 [Hwy 118 in Study Butte] (877) 386-4383 for reservations; 84 Rooms, RV Park = 120 full hookups - [30 amp] / [50 amp], 19 pop-up sites, 20 tent sites, coin showers and laundry, restaurant

BJ’s RV Park – (432)-371-2259 [5 miles west of Study Butte on Hwy 170], 30 full hookups, Wi-Fi. Reservations on-line or by phone

Rancho Topanga Campgrounds (432) 371-2131 [Hwy 170 11 miles west of Study Butte], Tents only; Wi-Fi, showers; wood fires permitted, Ridge Camping or Valley Camping, one group site for 15 people. 30 sites. Can take a few pop-ups. No RVs.

Maverick Ranch RV Park - 432-424-5180 [Hwy 170, 17 miles west of Study Butte], [Lajitas Resort - 101 rooms, condos and suites, restaurant/bar/spa] . RV Park {Maverick Ranch} = 100 sites, full hook-ups, tent sites. Reservations taken.

Longhorn Ranch Motel – (432) 371-2541 [10 miles north of Study Butte on Hwy 118], 24 rooms , RV sites = 17 full hook-ups, restaurant

North of Big Bend National Park:

Marathon Motel and Trailer Court – (432)386-4241 [70 miles north of PJ, in Marathon, on Hwy 90], 11 rooms, RV Park- 19 sites, full hook-ups [includes cable, restrooms, showers]. Reservations. Some RV sites taken by workers.

Stillwell’s RV Park/Store – (432) 376-2244 [turn 2 miles from north Park boundary on FM 2627, then 6 miles east], RV sites = 8 full –hook-ups, tent camping, showers, laundry , store. Unlimited Tent sites.

Additional information about local accommodations and activities can be found at

Last updated: August 30, 2017

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


(432) 477-2251

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