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Old 01-01-2016, 10:19 AM   #15
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I have camped at Rio Grande Village in the dry camping area. It was nice and we had plenty of room for our then 43' 5th wheel and DRW pickup. They have reasonable generator quiet hours. We were there in April and temps hit near 100, with nights in the 60's. That parking lot they call a RV park is less than desirable. If you need FHU's my suggestion would be to stay at Maverick Ranch in Lajitas, and just day trip into the park. Big Bend is so vast you are going to drive a lot to see the sites, even if you stay in the park. The bonus of staying in Lajitas is access to Terlingua and BBSP. If you want to primitive camp in the park, you need to scout ahead. I drove to some of the sites where I camped with my grandparents, and I have no idea how they got their TT's and 5th wheels into those places.
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I highly recomend checking out the old Gage Hotel in Marathon. There is a great retro diner next door called Johnny B's which has a great hamburger and the white buffalo bar in the Gage is not to be missed.
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Thank you all for the suggestions. We don't want to fight tight campgrounds so we made reservations at Maverick Ranch and will use car to see all the Nat Park and the state park. We will make the old hotel and have an adult beverage at the old bar.... Thanks again...

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We are headed to Big Bend this April, and staying at Maverick. Thinking it will be a great time. Thanks for the tips.
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You'll be happy at Maverick.

Little tip, the last time i was there, the wifi was better toward the back of the campground, to the left of the restrooms.
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We are headed to Big Bend this April, and staying at Maverick. Thinking it will be a great time. Thanks for the tips.
Yep, Lookin' forward to it Gary. It will be here before we know it.

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We have reservations there (Maverick) in May - excited!
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I guess I'll be the skunk at the garden party.

I haven't stayed at Maverick's, and I'm sure it's great. But the whole concept of present day Lajitas is off-putting to me. It's a dumb, fake, movie-set village. Some guy bought an old town and thought he could make an old west destination in the middle of the middle of nowhere. I find it uncomfortable and sad.

We stayed at BJ's RV Park in Terlingua. I seem to recall the wifi was fine, and the water was too. When you drive up, it's not much to look at. But it has a very friendly pair of owners and a great vibe. Owners and guests did several off-site things together in the few days we were there. One was a hike in the NP. One was a potluck campfire meal. A couple of nights were going out to whichever particular restaurant had live music. In Terlingua you have know which night to go to which place. Whatever you like to do or questions you might have, the owners will advise you. If we go back to Terlingua, we will go to BJs. I can golf anywhere. But there is only one Terlingua.

We also dry camped in the east end of the NP. We liked it. The FHU portion, as already mentioned, is a parking lot.
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