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part ofBig Bend National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


This facility represents four group sites located in Rio Grande Village Campground on the banks of the famous Rio Grande River. The campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. It is convenient to two well-visited attractions, Boquillas Canyon and Hot Springs, and 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 red 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 visitors.

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.


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. Visitors are often the eyes and ears for birding in the park and are encouraged to report sightings at the visitor center.

Hiking trails are also found nearby the campground.


The group campsites are tent-only; RVs and trailers are not allowed. There are no hook-ups available in the group sites. Each site is provided with a picnic table, charcoal grill and bear-proof food storage locker. All four group sites are within easy walking distance to water spigots and restrooms. Showers and laundry facilities can also be found close by at the Rio Grande Village Store.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Boardwalk
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Convenience Store
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rafting
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
  • 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
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bank
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Horse Corrals
  • Hospital
  • Lodging
Know Before You Go
  • This is not an authorized border crossing point; the closest legal ports of entry are at Del Rio and Presidio, TX
  • This is a tent-only facility
  • Wood and ground fires are not permitted in the park at any time
  • There are no electricity, water or sewer hookups at this facility
  • A maximum of two motor vehicles, one vehicle with 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:

P.O. Box 129

Phone Number:

Information:  (432)477-1121
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