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RIO GRANDE VILLAGE (BIG BEND), TX

part ofBig Bend National Park, National Park Service
Photo: RIO GRANDE VILLAGE (BIG BEND)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Located on the banks of the famous Rio Grande River, Rio Grande Village Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in Big Bend National Park, especially for those traveling in large recreational vehicles. It is conveniently located next to Boquillas Canyon and Hot Springs, and is situated close to two of the busiest backcountry roads in Big Bend: Old Ore Road and River Road. Rio Grande Village has an outstanding view of the Sierra del Carmen mountains located in Mexico to the east, which light up with hues of reds and orange during sunset.

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.

Natural Features:

The mountain views, proximity to the river and shade from the surrounding cottonwood trees make Rio Grande Village Campground irresistible to campers.

This facility is at an elevation of 1,850 ft. Because cold air tends to sink into lower valleys during the peak seasons of fall and winter, temperatures are cooler here than in other parts of the park during these times.

Recreation:

The river offers ample opportunities to explore its shores and water. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing and boating are popular in and around the facility. Birders flock to the river banks to spot such rare and unique species as the Mexican mallard, Lucifer hummingbird, Mexican jay, black-capped and gray vireos, Colima warbler and varied bunting. Park visitors are often the eyes and ears of birding in the park and are encouraged to report sightings at the visitor center.

Hiking trails are also found nearby the campground.

Facilities:

This fairly large campground has 100 campsites that range in size from small tent sites to large pull-through sites that can fit a 40-ft. motor home. There are no hookups available in the facility but each site is provided with a picnic table, charcoal grill and bear-proof food storage locker. Some are also furnished with picnic shelters for shade.

All campsites are within easy walking distance to water spigots and restrooms, and for those camping in motor homes and travel trailers, a dump station is provided at the campground's entrance. Showers and laundry facilities can be found at the Rio Grande Village Store just outside the entrance to the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boardwalk
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • RV sites
  • Rafting
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
  • Scenery
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Tubing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Electric Hookups
  • Flush Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Springs
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Hookups
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bank
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Golf
  • Horse Corrals
  • Hospital
  • River Trips
Know Before You Go
  • Big Bend National Park is not an authorized border crossing point; the closest legal ports of entry are at Del Rio and Presidio, TX
  • Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; group sites must be reserved
  • Grassy areas within the campground are subject to flooding due to flood irrigation; all tents must be set up on the tent pads
  • Wood and ground fires are not permitted in the park at any time
  • Sites 21, 23, 25, 27, 40, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 94, 96, 98 and 100 are in a no-generator area
  • There are no electricity, water or sewer hookups at this facility
  • A maximum of two motor vehicles, one vehicle with a trailer, one motorhome with tow vehicle or four motorcycles allowed per campsite
  • A maximum of four tents or one wheeled camping unit and one tent allowed per campsite
  • Motorboats are permitted on river with restrictions
  • Javelinas, bobcats and bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers or in a hard-sided vehicle; trash must be disposed of in the animal-proof dumpsters provided; coolers or food boxes should not be placed on the ground at any time
  • Protection rangers on duty in park

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.1825, -102.96083
29°10'57"N, 102°57'39"W

From Interstate 10, take State Highway 385 south to Fort Stockton and onto Marathon. From Marathon, drive 40 miles south on State Highway 385 to the north entrance of Big Bend National Park. Drive straight for 26 miles to Park Headquarters at Panther Junction. Turn left and proceed for 20 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RIO GRANDE VILLAGE (BIG BEND)
PO BOX 129
BIG BEND NAT. PARK TX 79834

Phone Number:

Information: (432)477-1121
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