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Old 12-17-2010, 11:36 AM   #15
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Already tried to reserve through nps and all are full that is why I was asking about other available options if we just went without having a "spot".
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Your camping "style" and activities you wish to engage in while in Big Bend might be a driver as to where you camp. The only hook-ups in the park are at Rio Grande Village RV Park, which is a parking lot. The other campgrounds (Rio Grande Village, Basin and Cottonwood) are all dry camping campgrounds.

I used to tent camp in the park at one or more of the developed campgrounds described above or at one of the back country sites (not accessible to RV's.) Since I bought my Airstream in 2007 I have made many trips to Big Bend, but always camp at the Stillwell's (which some previous posters have mentioned) just outside the park entrance at Persimmon Gap. Although there is a bit of a commute each day to the park, I like camping at Stillwell's because I get full hookups for the price of dry camping in the park, free showers, a laundry, store and some of the nicest people you will ever meet in the area. I've camped there on at least 10 occasions since 2007 at some of the busiest times of the year, and they always have room.

Hope this information helps.
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Thanks DLM and everyone, great information!
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can't find nicer people....reserve america,,,,sometimes has faulty info....visit the campground if you really want to know,,,
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Big Bend Follow up

Thanks for all the help everyone, we stayed at Stillwells and were very satisfied. Here are a few photo's, only took 400 of them. Our spot at Stillwells, a fellow streamer pulled in on second night and had never heard of AirForums, turned him on to us so hope to see him here soon. Wife and son along Rio Grande, view of The Window and sunset leaving park. 10 point buck on mountain side if you can spot him. Sorry to Lance for not being able to connect with you while we were there.
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Glad to hear you had a successful trip. Thanks for the great photos. Big Bend is one of those places that keeps me busy with my camera, too.

I'll be headed out there around the first of February for the Pioneer Reunion in the park and the annual trail ride at Stillwell's.
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Going to have to call your '10 point buck', "Waldo"...I found him after a few minutes...won't divulge where, so others can seek him out...

BB looks like a great place to explore and could probably keep you 'busy' for weeks in the outback!

Just another reason to spend our 'vacation' $'s here at home, where there's more to see than meets the eye...
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We also are sorry to have missed you. We had a great time there as well. I have a few pics of the trip on my "home" thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f332...ion-71467.html

Hopefully we'll see ya next time.
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We spent Thanksgiving there a few years back, boondocked at the Rio Grande Village. Awesome place!
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We spent Thanksgiving there a few years back, boondocked at the Rio Grande Village. Awesome place!
Great pictures. If i may ask where was the last picture taken (the one in camp with large trees in background)?
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Looks like Rio Grande Village campground if you want some big trees go on over to cottonwood cg near castalion
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Great pictures. If i may ask where was the last picture taken (the one in camp with large trees in background)?
Yes, that was Rio Grande Village. Terrific if you are prepared to boondock, 30 feet from the river. We brought water with us and had a generator to recharge the batteries in the morning; deep fried a whole turkey and all the fixings.

There are mud baths there - we did not go, but they are supposed to be terrific.
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