Big Bend National Park Fees & Reservations

Big Bend National Park

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Big Bend National Park is a whole lotta’ park for a very little price to pay.

  • $20 per private vehicle including all occupants of that vehicle (15 people or less)
  • $10 per individual for anyone arriving at Big Bend National Park on a bicycle or motorcycle.
  • $40 will cover your entrance fee into Big Bend National Park for a whole year.
  • $10 per person for any vehicle carrying 16 people or more. Children under the age of 15 can enter Big Bend National Park free of charge.

Camping Fees & Reservations

There are three developed campgrounds at the Big Bend National Park, Chisos Basin Campground, Rio Grande Village Campground and Cottonwood Campground. The cost per site is $14 per night. Reservations are accepted, telephone 1-877-444-6777 for more details.

Chisos Basin Campground, Big Bend National Park

Located close to many of the parks most popular trails, no wonder the Chisos Basin campground is such a hub of hiking activity during the peak season.


  • 60 individual campsites, most suited to tent camping than to trailers or RV’s because of their size, although both are allowed.
  • Picnic table
  • Charcoal grill
  • Bear-proof storage container (yep, there are lots of bears at Big Bend National Park)
  • Drinking water close by
  • Toilets
  • Dump station

Rio Grande Village Campsite, Big Bend National Park

On the banks of the famous Rio Grande, what better place to pitch up your tent and chill for a few days . . . awesome. No wonder this is one of the most popular campsites in Big Bend National Park, and much more suited to larger RV’s than the alternative choices. It’s located close to Boquillas Canyon and Hot Springs, close to some of the busiest back country roads.


  • 100 sites ranging in size from small tent pitches to sites large enough for 40′ motor homes.
  • Hook-ups are not available.
  • Picnic table.
  • Charcoal grill.
  • Bear-proof food storage locker.
  • Drinking water.
  • Dump station.
  • Accessible vault toilets.

Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend National Park

The quietest of the Big Bend campgrounds, located between the Castolon Historic district and Santa Elena Canyon. Individual campsites are on a first come, first served basis, but the group sites are reservable.


  • This is a walk-in, tent campsite only – no trailers or RV’s are permitted.
  • 31 sites
  • Accessible flush toilets.
  • Drinking water.
  • Food storage lockers.
  • No hook-ups.
  • No dump station.
  • Generators strictly forbidden.
  • An adjacent parking area is available for vehicle parking.

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Back Country Camping at Big Bend National Park

If you wanna’ go back country camping in Big Bent National Park, primitive car camping, backpacking, take your horse or stock or use the river then you’re gonna’ need a back country permit. You can get them in person at the Big Bend National Park visitor center, and it’ll only cost you $10 . . . not a bad price to pay for getting away from it all in Big Bend National Park.

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