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Old 12-09-2019, 02:30 PM   #1
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Probably headed back down in early March. Has anyone dry camped in BBRSP? My TV is a 4x4 F250 and I'll be towing a 25 foot Airstream, just curious what the experienced campers at the state park have to say. We have done the national park and want to check out the less crowded State Park this time.

We've done the RV parks before and not interested in doing that this time.

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Old 12-09-2019, 06:03 PM   #2
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I have been to BBRSP several times. Once on a hunt and stayed in the ranch bunk house, once stayed in the big hacienda house. I imagine that the RV campsites would be all "dry camp" without any power / water / sewer.
That said , it is a wonderful area to visit. Be prepared for a 30 mile dirt road to the ranch headquarters. It is the "Crown Jewel" of the Texas Park System that is under -visited. While there go to Presidio for Tex-Mex food and Chinati Hot Springs for a soak. Visit BBNP and see all the sites , Chisos Mts, Rio Grande Village , ferry across the river , see the "Notch" and enjoy River Road drive.
PS: don't tell anyone about this place !
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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Hmmm. We stayed there last December and loved it. But Iím confused about the comments... we are all in for boondocking a d getting way off the beaten path, it the multitude of campsites we saw at BBRSP were all very close to the road. Between the road and the Rio Grande. Dry camping and wonderfully quiet. Hers a pic of where we were, which was about 1/4 mile odd the main paved road.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:41 AM   #4
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Hmmm. We stayed there last December and loved it. But I’m confused about the comments... we are all in for boondocking a d getting way off the beaten path, it the multitude of campsites we saw at BBRSP were all very close to the road. Between the road and the Rio Grande. Dry camping and wonderfully quiet. Hers a pic of where we were, which was about 1/4 mile odd the main paved road.
Yes , there are campsites along The Rio Grande just off the highway. IIRC they have some "teepees" also. The actual BBRSP access is located about 30 miles of dirt road inland from there. Inquire at Ft. Leaton State Historical Site.The entrance to BBRSP is North off of Casa Piedra Road off of Hwy 170. It is a gravel road that is maintained and passable towing your AS. The Park is HUGE and they can tell you at Ranch HQ where camping is allowed. Ft. Leaton can provide combination to the lock on gate at entrance. All this is from memory of last trips there in 2001 and 2003.


At the Hacienda at Ranch head quarters


Oudad hunt in 2001

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Probably headed back down in early March. Has anyone dry camped in BBRSP?
Spent some time there in Feb/Mar 2017. Both times pretty close to the road but there was a distinct lack of traffic so not a bother at all. Nights became deathly quiet (amazing) and the sky was as star studded as Iíve ever seen. Saw some pretty big wild boar during the daytime. Had some wonderful visits to Presidio, Terlingua and Lajitas. Visited Big Bend National and found it extremely busy. Never did get to do much roaming in the sideroads of BBRSP, since I was a little concerned of ground clearance on my 29í. It looks like it would be really rewarding if you were comfortable on some rougher roads. I would definitely return.
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We spent a week in the National Park last April and then 3 nights in BBRSP. We loved our stays in both and are very glad we experienced both. The State Park is beautiful in its own way. The mountains and scenery are spectacular and yet different from the National Park. We camped with our 25ft Airstream at a campground accessible off the highway - Grassy Banks - Dry camping in a lovely spot near the river. There were only two or three other campsites being used so we really had the place to ourselves. It was hot (over 100F when we were in the National Park by the Rio Grande, and almost as warm during the day in the State Park) but with the breeze by the river cool enough in the evening to be very comfortable. We have the stock 2 solar panels and so had no problems dry camping. The toilets are clean (walk up stairs to the toilet that is above ground) as is the campground generally and we had fun exploring other parts of the park with our vehicle (Infiniti QX80). We got our camping passes at the entrance on the East side of the park in Lajitas at the Barton Warnock Visitor's Center. I totally encourage you to spend some time camping in the park. Jane
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I'd also recommend hooking up with an outfitter and floating one or two of the canyons in Big Bend. Or, for a more adventurous run, try the lower canyons, an 83 mile stretch of spectacular peace, quiet and beauty that begins at the eastern edge of the park and ends at Dryden.
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Iíve camped there in a tent. It is a fantastic area, but most of the sites not on the river are rugged and remote. I damaged my truck just getting to a ď2-wheel driveĒ site. I doubt there are many sites suitable for an Airstream.
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Old 12-15-2019, 10:33 AM   #9
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We dry camped in the national park in the Chisos basin campground with our Airstream Interstate. The campground is at 5000 feet and is an ecosystem to itself in the middle of the desert. Amazing place! The road into the campground is limited to 24 ft vehicles so you won't be able to take your rig up there but there are a number of hiking trails which you could access from your vehicle. I would highly recommend taking the trip. All the other comments are good. We enjoyed the canoe trip on the Rio Grande where there is no wall and we just stopped in Mexico on the river bank for a snack. You can also cross into Mexico and visit a little town for $5 a person. You basically walk down to the river and get into a boat that a Mexican man walks you across. For another $5 you can ride burros to the town. Highly recommend the trip. On the way back you have to stop and have a brief call with a border patrol by phone so you need your passport. Super easy.
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