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Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park

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Where to stay in Big Bend National Park

To spend the night in Big Bend National Park, pitch your tent in one of three developed campgrounds or bunk down in one of the rooms or cottages at the Chisos Mountains Lodge. Of the three campgrounds, Chisos Basin, known for colorful mountain sunsets, is easiest to reach. Rio Grande Village and Cottonwood, however, provide scenic settings of their own along the Rio Grande River. A few motels lie just outside the park, but options are limited. If you need a broader range of choices, consider staying in Marfa, a two-hour drive north of the heart of the park.
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  • We drove to the east side of the National Park to enjoy the Rio river. We were amazed at the views of the ever changing river that divides Texas and Mexico. If you have time, check it out.  more »
  • Plan your hikes and trip to the river for early in the day as it gets to around 100 by noon. This is where we saw javelinas, Big Bend sliders, spadefoot toads, road runners, and Chihuahuan greater ear...  more »
  • It's a river. What can I say? As everyone knows, it carved an incredible canyon through solid rock over millions of years and it separates the US from Mexico. I did skip a rock across it into Mexico! ...  more »