Absolutely beautiful. I stayed at campsite #52- I’d say it’s one of best spots there! Very private, lots of space, picnic/shade cover, and amazing view. However, I think anywhere you stay it will be great. “Window Trail” was easily accessible and the hike was awesome! It was definitely hot in the July sun but worth it- bring plenty of water. The campground was clean and the staff was friendly. Campers were pleasant and respectful. As a solo female camper, I never felt unsafe at any point. Peaceful quiet night under the stars- Big Bend can’t be beat.
Big Bend was a delightful surprise for us--we weren't sure what to expect. Chisos Basin was particularly awesome as it was definitely cooler than the rest of the park--perfect for sleeping in a tent after a hot day. The views were incredible--Casa Grande was in our backyard and we could watch the sun set through the Window from our site. Many sites included a roof over the picnic table--that shade was appreciated in the middle of the day. We saw a mother black bear and two cubs as we were leaving the Basin one morning. The camp hosts were extremely knowledgeable and very friendly--they checked in on us (in a friendly, good way) each night we were there, happy to answer questions and offer suggestions, if asked.
Stayed in campsite #43. When I got there, the basin was socked in with fog. The next day was WOW! Great view. This site was private. Easy access to clean drinking water. Bathrooms were clean. Nearby grocery with basic items and a restaurant. Easy access to the Window Trail. The closest shower is at Rio Grand Village about 30 minutes away. $2 for 5 minutes of mostly hot water. (Ladies there are instructions on which stall to use.) Highly recommend.
Recently returned from 5 days in Big Bend, camped 2 nights at Rio Grande Village and 2 at Chisos Basin. I had reserved 3 nights in Chisos, 2 at site 55 and 1 at site 53 as I couldn’t book 3 nights in a row at any site, they were full. Traveling from Vermont I was nervous about not having reservations. We were amazed at how beautiful the area around the campground was, you are just surrounded by the mountains, and they are right there, amazing. The sites I had reserved were tiny, seriously our tent would not fit anywhere on site 53. You could fit a backpacking 1 maybe 2 person tent, but even that would be a stretch. Site 55, maybe but even that would be questionable. The camp host was super helpful and gave us 2 choices of sites that were open for three nights, let us just switch with no charge. We ended up on site 59, the most beautiful campsite we’ve ever stayed on. So grateful that this worked out. Most people were just using the sites as places to park vans or campers so I guess the size doesn’t affect a lot of people, but I do think it would be helpful information. We loved the campground, bathrooms and potable water, and you could hike right from there. Great hosts too. We left one night early as a snowstorm was coming in and temps on the 20’s, but I loved this place!…
The drive to this campground is worth every mile! We were so fortunate to visit after summer rains blessed the lands and the hillside was carpeted in a beautiful green. Campground was pretty full and it's a first come basis Get there early to pick a good spot.