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Two campsites. Each site accommodates 2 vehicles and 6 people.
Croton Spring is one of the easier backcountry campsites to get to in Big Bend National Park (you can almost say it’s not a backcountry campsite, but park management would probably differ with you on that). It’s the first left turn past the turn-off to Santa Elena Canyon if you’re coming in on the Terlingua side. If you are coming in from the Panther Junction Visitor’s Center, it’ll be the third turn on your right.
The campsite area is nice, large and well-maintained. You shouldn’t have any problems getting a small RV into it. Expect quite a bit of traffic though as people turn into it to check it out, as well as to hike the short Croton Spring Trail.
If you’re an RV’er, this is probably a good spot for you due to ease of access and a larger campsite, but for getting away from it all, it’s one of our least favorite spots. You can expect at least some vehicle traffic in the off season, and quite a bit of it during peak seasons for the park.
Related: Croton Spring Trail
A major benefit to this site is that it’s centrally located in the park, which makes it a big plus if you want to try to see all the sites while you’re there. Also, the pavement is only a short drive away, so it doesn’t take much time to go from the main road to your tent.
To us, Big Bend National Park is about solitude, and this backcountry campsite just doesn’t cut it. If you have a four-wheel drive, are packing in a tent, or just a two-wheel drive high-clearance vehicle, there are quite a few better options.
Don’t forget, before heading out there, you need to get a backcountry use permit prior to using these sites.
- Backcountry Campsites – Big Bend National Park
- Big Bend National Park Camping
- Big Bend National Park – Main Page
- Croton Spring Trail
- Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails
- Big Bend National Park Maps – The Complete List
- Desert Hiking Clothing – What to Wear and Why
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