Big Bend Ranch State Park

The park will be closed on the following dates in January....

Primitive (Vehicle Accessible) Campsites

  • People per Site: 8
 Guale 1 Campsite

Sites are available in the interior of the park and along the River Road. To make reservations, call (512) 389-8919.

  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring

Preview some of the vehicle accessible campsites:

Permits are required for use of Primitive Road and Front Country Campsites and for Backcountry Zone Camping. Day Use visitors must obtain a permit before entering the park. Drivers intending to use the 4X4 unmaintained road must first obtain and sign an Acknowledgement of Use of Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Motorcycles.

Park information and permits for day use and camping may be obtained daily, in person, at three locations:

  • Sauceda Ranger Station -  (432) 358-4444
    Located in the interior of Big Bend Ranch State Park (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. from May 17 - Aug. 31)
  • Barton Warnock Visitor Center - (432) 424-3327
    Located in Lajitas, TX  (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Fort Leaton State Historic Site - (432) 229-3613
    Located in Presidio, TX (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Campers are required to place tents in designated areas only. Desert resources are fragile. All visitors are required to haul out their human waste and pack out all trash. Portable privies are available for purchase at all permit issuing stations. Downed wood is critical to desert ecology. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Visitors may bring their own firewood or purchase it at Sauceda. Charcoal cooking fires and containerized fuel stoves are allowed. Ashes must be packed out or deposited in the fire ring. The maximum stay per permit is 14 nights. Individual campsites have an eight-person and three-vehicle limit. Group campsites have a 12-person and five-vehicle limit. Equestrian staging campsites have a 24-person and 12-vehicle limit.

Mostly paved access camping areas are also located along River Road (FM 170) at Colorado Canyon, Madera (Monilla) Canyon and at Grassy Banks River Access. The two group camping areas along River Road, Contrabando and Arenosa, have self-composting toilets. Self-composting toilets are located at Colorado Canyon, Madera Canyon and Grassy Banks.

No other facilities, water/electrical hookups, or dump stations are available. Due to road conditions, motor homes and large recreational vehicles may not be able to enter backcountry park areas. Shower and restroom facilities are available at the Visitor’s Center at Sauceda Headquarters.



Plus daily
entrance fee

Note: Information and prices are subject to change. Please call the park or park information (1-800-792-1112) for the latest updates. The daily entrance fee is charged in addition to any facility fees, unless otherwise stated. A Texas State Park Pass will allow you and your guests to enjoy unlimited visits for 1-year to more than 90 State Parks, without paying the daily entrance fee, in addition to other benefits.

Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. For other general pet restrictions check the Texas State Park Regulations. For park specific pet restrictions contact the park.

Call the park or park information (1-800-792-1112) for more information.

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