The state of Texas has a ton of great locations to get closer to nature and camp out under the stars. But Condé Nast Traveler recently named one location as the best site for tent camping in the entire state, blowing out the rest of the competition.
Chisos Basin in the heart of Big Bend National Park is so stunning, you'll definitely want to add it to your travel bucket list. The beautiful national park near the ghost town of Terlingua, Marathon and Marfa, has many popular camping sites like Rio Grande Village and Panther Junction, but there is something special about Chisos Basin.
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Located at the base of the Chisos Mountains, the Chisos Basin Campground offers campers a remote and relaxing getaway surrounded by the beauty of the Chihuahuan desert. The views are so incredible, you might think you're in Arizona. It's situated at a higher elevation than you might be used to: 5,400 feet. Throughout the large area, there are 60 campsites that you can choose from that will set you back $16/night. You'll get easy access to flush toilets, running water, a dump station, picnic tables and even grills. There are hookups for generators, but they can only be used during certain hours of the day.
The iconic view of the window trail can be seen from the backcountry group campgrounds. You'll also have access to a slew of hiking trails. If you're an ambitious hiker, consider popular trails like the Lost Mine Trail, South Rim loop, Pinnacles Trail, or the trailhead up to Emory Peak, the highest point in the Chisos Mountains.
Due to COVID, certain group sites are currently closed. But you can make reservations here for small groups of up to 8.