Chisos Basin


5.00 out of 5
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Campground Description

Very scenic and popular campground since it is a higher elevation (and cooler) than the surrounding desert. Many hiking trails of varying lengths nearby.
Contact: National Park Service (
Posted by: NC Hiker on June 29, 2009
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    Campground Activities

    hiking, wildlife viewing.

    Campground Amenities

    Flush toilets, running water and dump stations. Charcoal grills,picnic tables and bear-proof storage boxes at campsites. Some sites come with shade structures. There are no hookups and no wood or ground fires are permitted. Visitor center, camper store and restaurant are located nearby.

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    Reviews of Chisos Basin

    Reviewed by Bozo6 on June 29, 2016

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    Big Bend has it all. We were there in 2009 and 2011. We camped once and stayed in the lodge later. When we camped, it was March and still cool at night. But, BB is a hikers paradise, for although there is a full service RV area, it is spartan. There is an abundance of backcountry camp sites. Plenty of wildlife and scenery to see, sometimes the view stretches into Mexico. Even in August the temperatures are ten degrees cooler in the Basin. Drink plenty of water as the altitude and the lack of humidity will cause you to dehydrate quickly. A beautiful place.
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    Reviewed by KatNipp on December 29, 2014

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    FAVORITE camping location in Texas. We camped in a tent this time, but it would also be good in a pop-up or small RV. Check length restrictions on the road into the basin.

    Sites vary in size, but our site (#1) was huge with a big ramada and picnic table, bear box, grill, and community water spicket just at the base. The view from our site was perfect! I could live here forever - love, love love it.

    Be prepared for tarantulas - you will see lots of them. Just go around them and leave them be.

    Altitude here makes for a very comfortable campout without need for electricity. Bathrooms were clean and stocked, but not new. There's also a dishwashing station at the bathhouse, but no showers (must drive to Rio Grande Village for showers or in to Terlingua Big Bend Resorts for a paid shower). Camp store at the lodge has a few basics, and there's also a restaurant and nature center at the lodge. Rangers are very helpful.

    There is limited cell/wi-fi service but you should be able to get some service by driving over to the nature center/lodge area if needed. Plan on being off the grid most of the time in Big Bend.
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    Reviewed by kubs07 on October 3, 2011

    (2 out of 3 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Ample camping sites, separated enough to provide for some privacy, but due to the lack of trees the whole campsite has a community feel to it. Modest bathroom/dishwashing facilities, but each campsite is outfitted with a picnic table, covered cement slab, and charcoal grill. Hiking in the area is second to none, with different trails for a wide variety of hiking experiences. Hiking the Pinnacles trail to the summit of Emory will take you to the 10th highest point in Texas and provides a panoramic view of the Texas and Mexican deserts.
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