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Full hookups inside the park.  Pretty cramped parking spots on asphalt. 

To bad you don't dry camp.  The RGV (Rio Grande Village) campground is very nice, well separated campsites, nice grass to put your lawn chairs on, big cottonwood trees. 

I don't know of any RV Parks I would avoid.

There are several RV Parks in Study Butte & Terlingua:  http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/texas/terlingua  Big Bend Motor Inn is closest to the park.  Can be dusty if windy.   About a 45 minute to an hours drive to the park headquarters in the center of the park.

Stillwell RV Park, several miles outside the north entrance to BBNP is were a lot of people stay.  It is a little over an hours drive to the park headquarters in the center of the park.  http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/texas/alpine/stillwell-store-and-rv-park-2691 

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If you are coming from the east, take US-90 out of San Antonio or Del Rio and spend a couple of nights at Seminole Canyon SP about 40 miles west of Del Rio.  Take the guided hike to the pictographs.  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/seminole-canyon 

https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/seminole-canyon/park_events

After Seminole SP stop at the Texas Hwy Dept visitor center in Langtry and take 30 minutes to an hour to tour the desert nature garden & Judge Roy Bean, Law-West-of-the-Pecos exhibit.   Well worth the stop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langtry,_Texas 

Or if you are coming from the west, take US-90 east to Langtry and Seminole SP after you visit BBNP.

 

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3 hours ago, butchkaren said:

And as long as you are there.....a river rafting trip on the Rio Grande is well worth it, too.  Enjoy!

 

I think it is a bit cold there this time of year.  But looking to go there in a month.  We will see.  I have white watered the New River on class 4 & 5 rapids so it is hard to beat that.

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If you need hookups I'd recommend Rio Grande Village RV in the park itself. Yes, your neighbor will be close but you will be out siteseeing anyway.  Also, there's a nice grassy, treed area behind all the RVs for sitting and meeting your neighbors.  Why drive unnecessary miles to visit the park. Stay inside it!

We enjoy the dry camping area which is right next door to the RV park for more space.

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9 hours ago, 2gypsies said:

If you need hookups I'd recommend Rio Grande Village RV in the park itself. Yes, your neighbor will be close but you will be out siteseeing anyway.  Also, there's a nice grassy, treed area behind all the RVs for sitting and meeting your neighbors.  Why drive unnecessary miles to visit the park. Stay inside it!

We enjoy the dry camping area which is right next door to the RV park for more space.

My wife called them and they are booked.  I agree that staying in the park would have been the best option.

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We stayed in Lajatis at Maverick RV Resort at the Lajatis Golf Resort. FHU and located between the National Park and the State Park. It’s on the really nice scenic river road that goes to Presidio. I also recommend taking the drive there.

Vicki

 

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We stayed at Parkview RV Park in Fort Stockton, TX last winter and drove down to Big Bend three times. Each time we left before sunrise, spent the day at the park, then drove back, getting back to the RV after dark. Of course, this was Christmas/New Year's, so days were pretty short.

We enjoyed the day we went across the river to Mexico. Unique experience! Well worth the few dollars it cost us.

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On 12/31/2017 at 6:03 AM, Al F said:

Stillwell RV Park, several miles outside the north entrance to BBNP is were a lot of people stay.  It is a little over an hours drive to the park headquarters in the center of the park.  http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/texas/alpine/stillwell-store-and-rv-park-2691 

We just spent a few days here. The old part of the park is a little tight but not bad. The management was very friendly and helpful. Yes, it does take about 45-60 minutes to get to the Park Headquarters at Panther Junction but that is not due to distance but rather a 45MPH speed limit in the park. 

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In 16 years of full-timing we always drank the water from our holding tanks and filled it at many types of places. We did use filters though - one on incoming water and one at the kitchen sink.  As far as the national park's water - like all national parks; it's tested regularly.   The same would be true of state parks.  They wouldn't take a chance on masses of people getting sick.  Private parks?  I don't know.

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1 hour ago, 2gypsies said:

In 16 years of full-timing we always drank the water from our holding tanks and filled it at many types of places. We did use filters though - one on incoming water and one at the kitchen sink.  As far as the national park's water - like all national parks; it's tested regularly.   The same would be true of state parks.  They wouldn't take a chance on masses of people getting sick.  Private parks?  I don't know.

We use two filters.  The blue one at the faucet pre hose and then it goes through a house filter.  Both are 5 micron with charcoal.  Plus I filter through a Berkey for drinking and cooking purposes.

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14 hours ago, rynosback said:

How is the water in these Parks.  A lot of reviews I have read state the water is Ok To shower and clean cloths, but they would not drink it.  Any truth to this?  Should I bring in cases of water with me?

Big Bend just redid the water system at RVG (Rio Grande Village) within the last 12-18 months, so the water should be good.  There used to be some warnings about the water at RGV several years ago.  There were some minor things that were above some limits, but not high enough to need to close the water system.

We have been camping in one form or another for 48 years and have always filled our fresh water tanks and drank the water from the tank, and never had an issue.  We always travel with a full fresh water tank and before we fill we look at the water in a clear glass and taste it before filling the tank.  There have been a few times we did not fill because of the taste of the water.

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About a week ago we stayed 4 nights at the Marathon Motel & RV Park. Easy Excess to the East side of the Big Bend. The utilities were better than average in my book

At the Big Bend visitors center there is a wall hanging of a satellite View. I studied the picture and can't imagine any place that that much color and rugged landscape.

Added highlight of staying at Marathon is the Fort Davis Observatory has a couple telescopes set up at the RV Park grounds and after sun down this fellow gives quite presentation for the novice (Me).  WE happened to be there a couple dark clear nights.

Clay & Marcie

 

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