Lodging in Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is one of the most remote national parks in the country; so you definitely need to reserve campsites or hotels for lodging in Big Bend National Park in advance, as there are fewer spots to stay compared to most other parks. Make lodging reservations early if you plan to visit Big Bend especially during spring break or Christmas/Thanksgiving holiday.
“Where you stay may depend on which direction you are arriving from. Here are my top picks for the best lodging and camping options in Big Bend.”
Camping options Inside the Park
Options for lodging inside the Big Bend National Park are limited to motel-style Chisos Mountain Lodge, backcountry camping, and the three main campgrounds. Camping in Big Bend National Park under the stars is the ultimate way to experience the magic of Big Bend.
03 — RV Camping & Campgrounds
There are three developed campgrounds in Big Bend with drinking water and restroom facilities. The campgrounds cost $14 per night and use self-registration.
The majority of campsites are first-come, first-serve. Make reservations early if you plan to visit Big Bend especially during spring break or Christmas/Thanksgiving holiday.
“Choose campgrounds according to which Big Bend area you want to cover.”
Chisos Basin Campground
The Chisos Basin Campground is one of the most popular camping areas in Big Bend National Park. The campground consists of 60 sites, as well as 2 group sites. Restrooms are located within the campground. Nearby, the Chisos Mountain Lodge offers a restaurant, gift shop, hotel rooms, and a general store.
The main attractions close to the Chisos campground are Lost Mine Trail, South Rim, Emory Peak.
Rio Grande Village Campground
The Rio Grande village campground is close to some awesome attractions such as Hot Springs, Boquillas Canyon, Old Ore Rd, Ernst Tinaja Trail.
Rio Grande Village has 100 sites available, with an additional 20 RV spots. A store, gas station, showers, dump station, and picnic area are located nearby.
Cottonwood is the least developed campground located at the end of the Ross Maxwell scenic drive. Roughly 30 sites occupy the Cottonwood campground.
The Cottonwood campground gets its name from the cottonwood trees that surround the area. The campsite is a haven for bird watchers due to its proximity to water. There are also many hiking trails located near the campground.