Big Bend National Park RV, tent campgrounds busy during 2009 Thanksgiving weekend

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The Thanksgiving holiday is always a busy time at Big Bend National Park.

The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds. Limited campsites at Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable November 15-April 15. A concession-operated full hook-up RV campground is also available at Rio Grande Village.

Campground     Chisos Basin

Elevation         5,401 ft.
Sites                    60
Fee                     $14* ($7 with appropriate passes)
Facilities          flush toilets, dump station
Registration   self-pay
Comments      Surrounded by rocky cliffs.  Many hiking trails nearby. Very popular campground for active hikers.

Cottonwood

Elevation         2,169 ft.
Sites                    35
Fee                     $14* ($7 with appropriate passes)
Facilities          generator use not allowed, Pit toilets,
Registration   self-pay
Comments     In a shady grove along the river. Grassy. Good birding.

Rio Grande Village

Elevation         1,850 ft
Sites                    100
Fee                     $14* ($7 with appropriate passes)
Facilities         flush toilets, dump station,
Registration   self-pay
Comments      Largest campground. Shady sites. Laundry and paid showers nearby. Some no-generator sites. This is where we stayed. Active javelina area. They will raid coolers and picnic tables when unattended. All food must be stored in provided metal boxes.

Rio Grande Village RV

Elevation         1,850 ft
Sites                    25
Fee                     Starts at $26
Facilities         full hookups
Registration   at RGV camp store
Comments   Concession-operated. Adjacent to store. Basically a paved parking lot. Other than full hook-ups, nothing special.

Photos: Big Bend campgrounds-Rio Grande Village, Cottonwood, and Chisos Basin. (NPS/ERIC LEONARD)

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