Primitive (Vehicle Accessible) Campsites
- People per Site: 8
These sites are in the interior of the park and along River Road. To make reservations, call (512) 389-8919.
- Picnic table
- Fire ring
- For more location information go to our Interactive Map of Big Bend Ranch Campsites, Lodging, and Permit Locations
- Check out our Campsite Guide (PDF) for more information on individual campsites
Preview some of the vehicle accessible campsites:
- Agua Adentro
- Chorro Vista
- Fresno Vista
- La Monilla
- La Mota
- La Posta
- Las Burras
- Los Cuates
- Los Ojitos
You must have a permit to camp at primitive road and front country campsites, and in the backcountry zone. 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.
Obtain park information and permits for day use and camping 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. You must haul out both your human waste and trash. You can buy a portable privy at all permit issuing stations. Downed wood is critical to desert ecology. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Bring your own firewood or purchase it at Sauceda. Charcoal cooking fires and containerized fuel stoves are allowed. Pack out your ashes or deposit them 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.
Highway-access camping areas are located along River Road (FM 170) at Arenosa, Lower and Upper Madera (Monilla) Canyon, and at Grassy Banks River Access. One campground is on the north side of FM 170 at the Contrabando West Trailhead; it does not have river access or a toilet facility. Self-composting toilets are at Colorado Canyon, Madera Canyon, Grassy Banks and the Contrabando Movie Set site.
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.
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.