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Not a long hike, but a bit strenuous at the beginning then back down to the Rio Grande. We had a Mexican serenading us from the other side of the river (with a tip jar on the park side of the river). There were also...More
Nice hike a short ways into the canyon. There is a quick creek crossing and your shoes will likely get wet. After that a climb up a small bank, and then some quick switchbacks to get going. After that it is all pretty easy, and...More
This is an easy hike with a small amount of incline and only about 2 miles total (If park is not closed due to government shutdown and you don't have to walk 2 miles to the parking area first. LOL). You will see amazing scenery...More
My husband and I came between Christmas and New Years. We happened upon great weather. And while the park was technically closed and blocked off to drivers, there was a spot to park 2 miles from the start of the hike. We rode our mountain...More
Santa Elena Canyon is my favorite thing to see in Big Bend National Park, and for good reason. It is an absolutely breathtaking slot canyon that was created by the Rio Grande River that you are able to hike into. The trail into Santa Elena...More
As much as we would have liked to, we were not prepared to hike the canyon. To access the canyon you have to cross Trelingua Creek which has water up higher than your knees.
The overlook was not much but down by the river was...More
Well, the scenery was beautiful and the weather in Sept. was lovely and it wasn't crowded. But, it is so far out of the way and though scenery is excellent there are more convenient parks with as good as, or better scenery and park amenities....More
The National Park Service operates three developed front country campgrounds that provide drinking water and restroom facilities. The campgrounds use self-registration and the majority of sites are... More
The National Park Service operates three developed front country campgrounds that provide drinking water and restroom facilities. The campgrounds use self-registration and the majority of sites are first-come, first-served.
Chisos Basin Campground (60 sites, 26 reservable)
Cottonwood Campground (24 sites, no reservations)
Rio Grande Village Campground (100 sites, 43 reservable)
The concession-operated Rio Grande Village RV Campground (25 sites 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 the Rio Grande Village campground are reservable from November 15-April 15, and in the Chisos Basin campground from November 15–May 31. Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and 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.
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.
Response from JulieCirlin | Reviewed this property |
Be sure and drive up to Sotol overlook. Also, if possible, you might look into using some local outfitters. Flying over the park or floating the river or taking a jeep ride might yield the best views for you. Finally, YES... More
Be sure and drive up to Sotol overlook. Also, if possible, you might look into using some local outfitters. Flying over the park or floating the river or taking a jeep ride might yield the best views for you. Finally, YES driving any of the park roads will not disappoint. It's beautiful from the car. There is a river overlook turn out just past the tunnel on the east side, but I did not see it. Hope you enjoy your trip. I went early March and it was spectacular.