November 21st, 2007 – by: scubagirl76
the big girl's tent
We arrived on the 21st to the park, with only about an hour left of daylight! We were worried we wouldn't be able to find a decent campsite, due to the fact that we never reserved one. Now for those of you planning a trip here the park has three main campsites, you can set up camp anywhere in Big Bend if you're gung ho into the wilderness experience! We however having a family wanted to be close to other people in case a bear was roaming around looking for it's last meal right before hibernation! The three sites are on a first come first serve basis, up until November 15th which we did not know since we called way before this date and the only thing we ever heard was first come first serve. Even though we informed the person on the phone that we were planning a trip during Thanksgiving, not even then did she say reservations could be taken after the 15th! Originally we wanted a site right by the river and the only one of the campsites that is "river front" is the Rio Grande village so, the night before departing we checked the sites online again to have a list of sites we wanted and discovered all the sites by the river were taken! This upset us very much at the time because it was at this point we discovered we could have made reservations had we called on the 15th, we decided to leave anyway and despite our almost sure horrible site we were going to have a good time anyway! Ignorance is bliss however, and when we got there we realized how lucky it was that we did not get one of those sites.
First off, you can't even see the river from the tent campsites because the river view is covered by small trees and brush. Second, around the campsites by the river themselves there is no real coverage from your neighbors or the wind. It is just one big open space, the furthest sites however which happen to be in a horseshoe like area are covered. In this case we lucked out since we got one of the furthest sites from the river at this particular campground and these sites are the only ones that have brush and trees surrounding them, which turned out to be a great wind barrier this week! As well as a privacy fence in a way, while still being close enough to others to keep some of the bigger animals from feeling comfortable enough to wander in! The only animals we had to worry about wandering into our campsite were javalina's but, if you follow the park rules well concerning the javalinas you shouldn't have any trouble with them.
food storage container, each campsite has one.
Now the campground itself is divided into two classes the big open area by the river is a generator zone, while our little horse shoe area was a no generator zone. There are bathrooms placed throughout the campsite and they are very well kept up however, there are no showers at the site itself. If you must take a shower you would have to go to the store where they charge $1.50 for 5 minutes, WOW! Each one of the main campsites at Big Bend has a store nearby as well as a ranger station.