While Big Bend is famous for its natural resources and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. Native peoples lived in and/or passed through this area for thousands of years. Their presence is evidenced by pictographs and archaeological sites. In more recent history (the last 500 years) Texas has been claimed by six different nations!
The National Park Service operates three developed front country campgrounds:
Chisos Basin Campground
Cottonwood Campground (near Castolon)
Rio Grande Village Campground
The concession-operated Rio Grande Village RV Campground (with full hook-ups) is also located at Rio Grande Village. For reservations call 1-877-386-4383 or 432-477-2293.
NPS Campground Reservations
A limited number of campsites in Rio Grande Village and the Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable from November 15 - April 15. Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by visiting recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Big Bend National Park cannot make reservations. more...
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 February 1 - April 15, visitors are limited to a total of 14 nights in the park.
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