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Old 10-19-2021, 04:09 PM   #1
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We have '16 DS 4369. Looking to travel to Big Bend National Park in early January, any suggestions on stays?
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Make sure you take your toad and make the drive through big bend state park along the river.
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I'll second Maverick Ranch. You'll have a great time exploring the park.
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Maverick Ranch is the only real choice.
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I've been to Big Bend many times. I've stayed in several different campgrounds. None of them are what you might call a resort.

I've spent the most time at Big Bend Resort and Adventures. This is a desert campground 3 miles from the west gate of the national park, in Study Butte, TX. I like it here because they have gas, grocery shopping, nearby restaurants, and a store. This is where I'll stay next time I go.
https://www.bigbendresort.com/

Mavrick Ranch RV Park is in Lajitis, 20 miles from the west gate of the national park. It is a desert park too, but much of the lot is paved. They have most of the ammenities that you find in Study Butte but stuff tends to be more expensive (and everything down there is expensive). I stayed here once, but didn't like being so far from the national park activities.
https://www.lajitasgolfresort.com/mo..._maverickranch

Farther up the road is Marathon Motel and RV Park. This park is 40 miles from the main gate of the national park. I liked this park a lot. It is a desert park but it is well maintained. There is a big emphasis on sky watching here. There are a couple of really good restaurants in town too.
https://www.marathonmotel.com/

The park headquarters/visitors center is in the middle of the park. It is a long ways from any of the gates to the vistors center.

I wrote some report from my visits, complete with photos.
https://advrider.com/f/threads/big-b...again.1499435/

https://advrider.com/f/threads/2020-...-trip.1426252/



What activities are you thinking about?
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Old 10-19-2021, 06:11 PM   #6
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To give a reasonable answer, we HAVE to know what you are looking for.


Dry camping in the park?


Camping in the park (on parking lot) with power?


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Resort type CG
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I agree with Wolf10.

If you want to stay inside the park, you may get a site at the Rio Grande Village Campground. These are dry camping sites, but there are facilities. Dump and fill site, Gas station, small general store.

There is also a parking lot type of full service sites. Water, sewer, and electric are at each site. The parking lot sites are not managed by the Park Service. It is managed by the campground store at the Rio Grande Village.

There are also boondocking sites inside the park. Reservations required.

Distance between things in Big Bend and surrounding area are large. You can spend a lot of time driving in and out. But, if you want better accommodations you must get smaller for the Chisos Basin (26 feet max) or go outside the park.
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We've always stayed in the park itself with our 40' motorhome at Rio Grande Village campground - dry camping. Beautiful views.
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We have '16 DS 4369. Looking to travel to Big Bend National Park in early January, any suggestions on stays?
If you stay in Rio Grand Village Campground ( parking lot with full hookup ) Just be aware that you may stick out far into the travel lane. I stayed there a few years ago in our 2016 4018 DS with a tag axle. This is a parking lot that you back into ( its not very wide ) I was lucky because the person straight across from me was a small travel trailer, had it been a 4369 I would have been a little more nervous. I put out orange cones and everyone was respectful. Its a beautiful park. Hope this helps
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Big Bend

All good advice above. The only thing I have to add is our preferred route to get there. GPS may want to send you via 10 which is the quickest (depending on where you stay), but 90 out of San Antonio through Del Rio is a nicer drive , and you can stop at the Pecos River lookout and then at Langtry and visit Judge Roy Beanís place. Or go in one way and come out the other.

Remember itís dark sky country and Enjoy!
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I second Rob M's advise about TX 90. You can take I-10 into San Antonio and be on interstate type roads until you are well west of the city. One of the first towns after San Antonio is Castroville. We stayed there last year at the Alsarian Resort. it is a fabulous place to RV. The town of Castroville is quite interesting too.

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