Castolon Cottonwood Campground Pictures & Reviews At Big Bend National Park

by Adam on February 28, 2011

The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

Of the three campgrounds at Big Bend National Park the Cottonwood Campground is the least developed of the three.  The Rio Campground has showers, a store, a Laundromat and a gas station.  The Chisos Basin Campground has a store, restaurant and bathrooms with running water and flush toilets.  The Cottonwood Campground has pit toilets, and one spigot with potable water.  A store is located about a mile away but there is no gas, there are no showers, and no flush toilets.  Each site at the Cottonwood Campground has a picnic table and that is it.

Campsite Number 7 At The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

Campsite Number 7 At The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

At the Cottonwood Campground at Big Bend National Park there is plenty of room to camp in a tent or drive your RV or motor home into the campground and park it for the night.  There are no hookups so the RV will have to be self sufficient for however many nights is remains parked there. The campsites have little to no shade and are made up of flat grassy/rocky/dirt areas to put up a tent.  A fence surrounds the Cottonwood campground to keep animals out and keep campers away from the edge of the unstable Rio Grande River banks on one end of the campground.

The Buildings With The Pit Toilets At The Big Bend Cottonwood Campground

The Buildings With The Pit Toilets At The Big Bend Cottonwood Campground

Since the Cottonwood Campground is the least developed of all the campgrounds at Big Bend, why would you want to stay there?  Each of the campgrounds at Big Bend National Park is in a unique part of Big Bend.  Each campground is located about 20 miles apart and offers unique sights and hiking trails close to the respective campground.  Near the Cottonwood Campground at Big Bend you will find the Mule Ears Trail and Spring, the Santa Elena Canyon Trail, the Sam Nail and Homer Wilson ranches, Tuff Canyon, the Burro Mesa Pour-off among many others.

The General Store Near The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

The General Store Near The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

Like the other campgrounds within the boundaries of Big Bend National Park there is an amphitheater at the Castolon Cottonwood Campground in Big Bend National Park.  Though the amenities and services at the Cottonwood Campground are significantly less than either the Rio or Chisos Basin Campground the cost per night is still $14.00 and can be paid with cash, check or credit card.  As is the case with both the Rio and Chisos Basin Campgrounds at Big Bend National Park the skies are very dark and there is little light pollution so star gazing is great here.

The Amphitheater At The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

The Amphitheater At The Cottonwood Campground In The Castolon Section Of Big Bend National Park

If you have the time to spend a week or more at Big Bend National Park you can maximize the time spent at the park and see the most while driving the least (and spending the least amount of money on gas) at Big Bend, plan to spend a night or two at each of the Big Bend Campgrounds.  Each is in a unique area and offers a different array of services and amenities along with different hiking trails, back-country roads and sights to see!

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