K-Bar 1

Big Bend National Park

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Chihuahuan Desert Research Station Rd.
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
432-477-2251
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GPS: 29.3086, -103.171

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 1
Pad Type: dirt
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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3bars
Verizon Extended
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Van-Tramp
Longmont, CO
27 Airstream International
198 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Van-Tramp would stay here again

“Loved the peace and quiet in Big Bend”

Reviewed Feb 14, 2017

Overall Rating

Big Bend is not the busiest national park as it is, but there is only one road through the place, so you tend to see/hear everything. K-Bar 1 (and 2) are more than a mile off the main road, making for a very quiet place to hang out while still being somewhat accessible to the rest of the park. That 1+ mile is down a very narrow and rough gravel road. The site was large enough to handle the 27' Airstream with only just enough room for the truck as well. I wouldn't; recommend much larger, if the NPS would allow you anyway. K-Bar 2 (a few hundred yards down the same road) is much larger with ample room to turn around if you need it.

The big issue with any of these back-country sites is the systems the NPS uses to book them; pretty much reservation by cave painting... Actually, you have to show up in person to book any of these sites, and you have to show up the day of, or day before, you start your stay. They will not book you a site (to START your stay) more than 24 hours ahead, but once you can book, you can book it for 14 days. Problem is, the Visitor's Center is more than an hour from the nearest town and these sites book up immediately, so you have to just keep driving out (2 hours round-trip) each morning, in hopes of snatching up a site within minutes of the Visitor's Center opening it's doors. Show up later, and you are likely not getting a site.

With a booster, we had very usable Verizon Extended Cell + Data

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
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3bars
Verizon Extended

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Big Bend National Park – East – Tales from a Van-Tramp couple

Our final weekend in the area, I made sure to score one of the few back-country camping sites in Big Bend National Park (park #79 for me) that would fit the trailer. The NPS doesn’t make it eas...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping

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