The Big Bend is home to more unique and interesting options for overnight stays than anywhere in Texas. From tipis and casitas, hotel rooms to lodges, boats (yes, boats!), refurbished mining ruins and Airstream trailers, off-grid adobes and earthbag houses, and even clear bubbles, the choice is yours. As our area has grown in popularity over the recent years, the demand for lodging has increased greatly, offering up an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to open their one-of-a-kind homes for the likes of Airbnb, VRBO, booking.com, and other travel and rental booking sites.
Below, you’ll find a general list of a few of the most well-known lodging options in the area with a website. This list is only intended as a general guideline, and by no means is it a complete list, so don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper in your research because there are a lot of hidden gems.
It should be obvious that tent camping is available in Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, but we’ll say that anyway. If you are heading down here with plans to tent camp, keep in mind that there are many times of the year when all campgrounds at BBNP are full and possibly only backcountry campsites available, which require 4WD to access and much more gear and have no facilities other than a bear box for storing food securely. And that kind of camping isn’t for everyone. Big Bend Ranch State Park is always less crowded and offers many easily accessible campsites, along with many other more difficult-to-access backcountry sites. Permits are required for overnight stays at either park and may be obtained at Panther Junction, the Chisos Basin in BBNP, or at Barton Warnock Visitor Center in BBRSP.
Study Butte RV Park (432) 371-2468
BJ’s RV Park (432) 371-2259
Rancho Topanga Campgrounds (432) 371-2131
The Goat Pens at Cigar Springs Ranch (432) 371-2242
Retro Rents (432) 294-4574
Lost Gringos RV Park (432) 371-2111