Croton Springs

Big Bend National Park

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Unnamed Road Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 432-477-2251 Official Website

GPS: 29.3398, -103.3454

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Overview of Croton Springs

Number of Sites 2

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 3,379 ft / 1,029 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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“Wonderful spot, very peaceful, 26 ft TT”

Reviewed 2/14/2019

Nightly rate: $14
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: CS1
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Loved the boondocking in B.B. Nat’l Park, but their reservation system is confusing, and, quite frankly, just stupid. Not too many spots in the park to support a larger rig outside of the campgrounds, where we didn’t want stay(the online park map shows campsites, but doesn’t differentiate between spots for larger trailers or tents). There are only about 6-8 spots for any rig bigger than 18-20’ depending on your off-road capability. To reserve a boondocking spot, you HAVE to go to Panther Junction ranger station to get 1) Backcountry permit, 2)permit for the particular spot you want. You can make a reservation (only in person) 24 hours in advance. So, for example, you can make a reservation for Sunday on Saturday, but only in person. Your reservation can be for 14 days. We tried for 2 days to get a reservation, we were
successful on day 2 by being first in line before the Panther Junction Ranger Station opened.
BTW, plan ahead for fuel, long drives in the Park, and fuel is available at Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village. Maxwell Ross Scenic Drive is very nice. If staying in larger rig, our recommendation is boondocking, then Cottonwood Campground, then Rio Grande Village Campground. The park is big, so staying close the Panther Junction is ideal if you can get a spot to park your rig.
Favorite hike was Windows Trail in Chisos Basin. Hot Springs near Rio Grande Village were awesome.

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Joe Hendricks
TN 30' Airstream Flying Cloud 30ft Bunk 2011 Ford F250
24 reviews
“Amazing boondocking experience in Big Bend”

Reviewed 4/5/2016

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: CS1 and CS2
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We got to spend two nights at this site. One night in CS1 and another in CS2. CS1 is the more level site by far. I had to use an extreme angle to get level on CS2. It's one big open space and we were fortunate enough to have no one else camping next to us!
Every site in big bend is nice, but if you can get a site to yourself, it's so much better!
The hiking path behind it is not that great, but it made for a good walk in the mornings.
It's also very close to the main road, but over a hill so it's private and you can't hear the cars on the main road at all. We walked out in the middle of the night and watched the stars without anyone else around and loved it!

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Joe Hendricks would stay here again

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Joe Hendricks
TN 30' Airstream Flying Cloud 30ft Bunk 2011 Ford F250
24 reviews
Big Bend TX - Croton Springs Camp Site

I am typing this from inside Big Bend, because I wanted to write while it was fresh in my mind. Rhonda, Austin and I are sitting by each other outside of the Airstream and Austin is desperately trying...

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Life's Little Adventures
30' Lazy Daze 50th Anniversary 30' Island Bed 2011 Subaru Forester
60 reviews
Life's Little Adventures: Croton Spring Backcountry Site, Big Bend National Park, TX

  We arrived in Big Bend National Park yesterday afternoon, and even though it’s mighty hot, we are glad we came back. When we were here in December 2008, that was our first real exposure to the vast...

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