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CHISOS BASIN (BIG BEND), TX
part ofBig Bend National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewChisos Basin Campground, perched high in the rugged Chisos Mountains, is one of the most sought-after campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. At an altitude of 5,400 ft., it is surrounded on all sides by tall, rocky cliffs and conveniently located near some of the park's most spectacular and popular trails. The Rio Grande River is only a short drive away.
Also found in the basin area is the Chisos Basin Visitor Center, the Camper Store and the Chisos Basin Lodge, which houses the only restaurant in Big Bend National Park.
The national park is named for a curve in the Rio Grande River called the "big bend." For 1,250 miles, the river is an International Boundary between the United States and Mexico.
This campground is a hub for hikers. Some of the park's most spectacular and popular trails are nearby, including the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the South Rim Trail and the Pinnacles Trail, with access to the park's highest point, Emory Peak (elevation 7,825 ft.). Campers can find the trailheads for most of these trails in the main Chisos Basin area a mile or so further down the basin road from the campground.
The Chisos Basin Campground has 60 individual campsites. Because of their size, they are more suitable to tent camping than to RVs or trailers, though both are allowed. Each site comes with a picnic table, charcoal grill and bear-proof food storage container, and some sites come with picnic shelters for shade. All campsites are within easy walking distance to drinking water and toilets, and a dump station is provided for RVs and trailers.
Terlingua Ghost Town, a former mining town that is now a popular tourist destination, is about 30 miles from the western side of the park and Chisos Basin.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Interstate 10, take highway 385 south to Fort Stockton and then on to Marathon. From Marathon, go 40 miles south on Highway 385 to the north entrance of Big Bend National Park. Drive straight 26 miles to Park Headquarters at Panther Junction. Turn right and drive for three miles. Turn left at the Basin sign and go seven miles to the campground.
Mailing Address:CHISOS BASIN (BIG BEND)
PO BOX 129
BIG BEND NAT. PARK TX 79834
Phone Number:Information: (432)477-1121