Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 08:26 pm
If you’re looking for a great campground near Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, you’re going to love Maverick Ranch RV Park. This wonderful RV park is the perfect launching point for your Big Bend National Park adventures! We stayed at this campground for two weeks and felt like we only scratched the surface of all the area had to offer.
Watch the short video below to see the highlights.
RV Park and Golf Resort
Maverick Ranch RV Park offers 100 full hook-up sites, including 60 pull-through sites, as well as a swimming pool, community center, and laundry room. On the main road in front of the resort is a General Store. Guests of the Maverick Ranch RV Park also have access to all of the Lajitas Golf Resort amenities and activities including a fitness room, small shopping area, restaurant, and golf course.
Maverick Ranch RV Park and the Lajitas Golf Resort are situated on Highway FM 170 between Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park on the banks of the Rio Grande.
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch is the largest state park in Texas. Portions of it border the resort. The park has 238 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can walk straight from your campsite to some of its trails.
Big Bend National Park
You have to drive about 40 minutes to reach the national park’s visitor centers and most of the trails. However, you can access the Mesa de Anguilla trail directly across the street from Maverick Ranch. We really enjoyed this trail that provides a view of the “big bend” of the Rio Grande.
Within the national park, there are more than 150 miles of trails. Elevations range from 1,800 feet along the Rio Grande to 7,832 feet on Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains. Elevation changes produce an exceptional variety of plants, animals, and scenic vistas.
Camping in Big Bend
If you don’t need hookups, you can also camp inside Big Bend National Park at one of three campgrounds.
The Rio Grande Village Campground is the largest and has 100 campsites that range in size from small tent sites to large pull-through sites that can fit RVs up to 40′.
Another option for tent campers, trailers under 19′, or RVs under 24′ is the Chisos Basin Campground. It is located high in the rugged Chisos Mountains at an altitude of 5,400 ft. Please note: The road to the campground is steep and winding with sharp hairpin turns. Trailers over 19 feet and RVs over 24 feet are not recommended.
The Cottonwood Campground is a quiet, shady desert oasis located between the Castolon Historic District and scenic Santa Elena Canyon. It has 24 sites for RVs under 24′.
Star Gazing Opportunities
Both parks have earned the International Dark Sky designation. We were able to view the Milky Way almost every evening right from our campsite.
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