Big Bend glamping is known for stunning sunrises, stargazing, and hot springs!
Are you heading to Big Bend National Park this season? If not, maybe you should!
I have compiled a list of all things recreational in Big Bend, from Big Bend glamping to nearby activities to enjoy.
First — Big Bend National Park
Complete with scenic drives, ranches, and overlooks, Big Bend National Park sees an average of 377,154 visitors each year.
The National Park Services offers suggested itineraries on their site. You can enjoy hiking Window Trail or the view from Santa Elena Canyon. Or perhaps their award-winning Fossil Discovery Exhibit is more your “thing.”
Most people choose to visit in the late fall to early spring when the temperatures are more moderate. The best time to go is in the colder months when the average January high temperature is a cool 61 degrees.
If its cold months are only 61 degrees, you can imagine how hot the summer months get!
When you aren’t enjoying the park, you can check out the other activities offered in the Big Bend area. You can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rafting to name a few.
Secondly – What is “Glamping”?
“Glamping” is short for “glamorous camping.” It describes a style of camping that offers many upscale services and sometimes upscale modern amenities that are usually not associated with “traditional” camping.
Glamping Near Big Bend National Park in Texas
While camping near the park is fun, “glamping” can be more fun! Sometimes even Jennifer and I forego our RV for unique overnight accommodations.
Check out my two top favorite glamping campgrounds near the park. Offering unparalleled beauty with the comforts of home, you won’t want to miss these two spots.
At Big Bend Glamping campground, you can take in the stunning views of nature without giving up the comforts of home. It offers a unique, off-the-grid camping experience in the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert.
There is no running water or electricity so that you can be truly off the grid. But their one-of-a-kind campground does have tipis, canvas tents, dome tents, trailers, campsites, and hammocks available.
Big Bend Glamping also offers scenic drives, hiking trails, dining, grocery, shopping, and fuel.
Another Big Bend glamping experience can be found at Basecamp Terlingua. Offering tipis, casitas, bubbles, retro trailers, tents, and campsites, you can find a unique and glamorous experience here. Their lotus tent and agave abode are quite popular.
Stay in one of their bubble tents, which combine panoramic views of the landscape with a circular transparent ceiling! Fall asleep on a luxurious bed, made with rich linens while gazing at the stars! Then enjoy your morning coffee from a sunken outdoor patio before dipping into the hot tub.
If you would rather “rough it,” rent a campsite and pitch a tent on an elevated 20-foot diameter platform. Enjoy some coffee from the complimentary coffee room, complete with Kuerig coffee, sugar, and creamer. Then enjoy a fire at the hand-built rock-lined fire pit.
Finally, take a steaming shower on top of heated floors. Don’t worry if you forgot the toiletries. The campground provides you with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion.
But don't forget to pack your RV Lifestyle gear! You'd look good in one of our hoodies in your glamping situation. 🙂
Other Big Bend Camping Options
If “glamping” does not interest you, there are plenty of other campgrounds nearby. I have highlighted three excellent campgrounds that offer more traditional Big Bend camping paired with gorgeous desert views.
Nestled in an open woodland at a 5,400-foot elevation, this campground offers its campers gorgeous views. It is located inside of a scenic mountain basin, where you can enjoy views of Casa Grande and Emory Peak. The evening highlight is enjoying the sunset through the nearby “window.”
This campground may not be Big Bend glamping, but it is open all year and comes complete with running water, picnic tables, grills, a dump station, and flush toilets.
It is recommended that trailers over 20’ and RVs over 24’ do not camp since the road to the Basin is very narrow, and the sites are too small.
This may not be “typical” Big Bend glamping, but this place offers unique experiences that you would not find at a traditional campsite. The campground offers rustic camping at RV sites, tent camping sites, and cabins.
The campground also has an airstrip, cafe, swimming pool, an outdoor stage, huge grilling area. They will also help you connect with Big Bend Outfitters where you can book rafting, ATV, and jeep tours. They even have overnight jeep trips available!
Take in the grove of cottonwood and acacia trees, and gorgeous mountain views at the Rio Grande Village Campground. And as you might have guessed, the Rio Grande River is located nearby.
Located at 1,850-foot elevation, this rustic 93-site campground had everything you need. You can find running water, picnic tables, grills, flush toilets, overhead shelters, and a nearby dump station.
Other Nearby Activities to Enjoy
There are many activities to enjoy and places to see near Big Bend!
Terlingua Ghost Town
Terlingua is the closest town in the Big Bend region at 50 miles away. So, it's an hour drive but I think worth the day trip if you're staying at the park for a few days or on your way out.
Located in scenic downtown Terlingua, Texas, the Terlingua Ghost Town showcases the ruins of the Chisos Mining Company.
Take in historic sites while roaming the ghost town and cemetery. Then pop into The Terlingua Trading Company to see regional arts and crafts, gourmet goodies, and books. Then grab a drink or bite at the Starlight Theater.
Calling both beginners and horse enthusiasts. There is no shortage of horseback riding available to you when visiting Big Bend!
Many claim that there is no better way to take in the gorgeous desert landscape than by riding a horse.
Do you want to experience Big Bend National Park being truly off the grid? Then grab a backcountry permit. Backpack in or enjoy a primitive roadside campsite. You also need a backcountry permit for river trips and stock use.
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