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Castolon Campground

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

No reservations, so get there early. About 20 campsites, drinking water and pit toilets. It is very quiet and the stars at night are big and bright! A group of 15-20 Javelinas walked through the campground at about 6pm, and two Great horned Owls were roosting in the Cottonwood trees. On the Western end of the NP. We drove the...

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Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Full disclosure... I've visited Big Bend many times through the years, and usually camped. I happen to think that the campground in the Basin (Chisos Mountains) is among the very best I've experienced, anywhere. But I live over 600 miles from Big Bend, and I knew that the Basin would be full by the time I arrived in October, so...

1Thank SonoraDick
Pensacola, Florida
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is an excellent site, and is located close to the Castolon Historic Visitors Center and shop, Santa Elena and the hiking trail, and historic town of Terlingua. The site has no electricity but has a cistern of potable water for drinking and cooking. Irrigation is used to water the beautiful cottonwoods so camp on high ground. Might be a...

Thank Rico R
Austin, Texas
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The Cottonwood Campground is on the west side of Big Bend National Park. It is just off Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive near Santa Elena Canyon. There is water in the campground but not at the campsites. There are no hookups at the campsites and no store of any kind nearby. The campground is pretty with lots of trees and birds....

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Amarillo, Texas
Reviewed 3 January 2016

This is a great campground if you're planning to camp at Big Bend. It's not as busy as the Chisos Basin campground so it's easier to find a spot. While the Chisos Basin tends to be cooler due to it's elevation, there is a lot of shade at this campground from the Cottonwood Trees so even in late May during...

1Thank TrueTexasTraveler
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

Great campground on the west end of the park. Since I was much more interested in the trails on the west end, it was the perfect place for me. I arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Saturday. Surprisingly the crowd thinned out as I got closer to the weekend (although we did get some light rain Thursday and...

1Thank jenhaddock
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 1 May 2015

This is a quiet campground on the far west portion of Big Bend (read: almost the end of the road). The campground itself is flat, grassy, and shaded by the cottonwood trees and hosts a ton of birds (and birdwatchers). We happened to be camped under "The Owl Tree" where a great horned owl was roosting. Although the lack of...

3Thank trinkd
Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

This is a cute little camping ground not half as busy as Chisos basin (it is called cottonwood campground but on the way to castolon). Sites are grassy and most have a nice amount of shade, thanks to the cottonwood trees. They are big sites but the middle section is very clear as to where to camp- not an issue...

3Thank Amy S
Cleveland, Oh
Reviewed 15 October 2014

This is the more isolated and less crowded camping within the NP. It has about 30 very spacious sites (about half/acre each) most of them shaded by beautiful cottonwood trees. It is on the river(although you don't se it) but you have a beautiful view of the Santa Elena Canyon and the butte on the other side. It has purified...

3Thank marcopolo111
New Mexico
Reviewed 5 March 2014

This was a lovely, quiet oasis. No generators. Lots of birds and javelinas. Close to Santa Elena Canyon, our favorite part of the park. There is a small visitor center and camp store near by. The 23 mile drive to the campground was awesome. Volunteer "rangers" keep an eye on the campground and are very helpful with information.

3Thank family04NewMexico

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Address: Castalon Historic District, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Region: United States > Texas > Big Bend National Park
Number of rooms: 35
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