Maverick RV Park – Lajitas, Texas (Big Bend National Park)

By , April 27, 2008 5:33 pm

Trip Date: March 10, 2008

Stay Length: 3 nights

Rating: 4 of 5

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On our visit to Big Bend National Park we decided to stay at the Maverick RV Park at the Lajitas Resort in Lajitas, Texas since the campgrounds in the park were full. This was a great decision on our part. Lajitas Resort is a very upscale resort on the southwestern edge of Big Bend National Park. It is about a 30 minute drive into Big Bend National Park.

We found the RV park to be nice, but in need of a little maintenance. Please don’t take this the wrong way, the site is not run down, but some of the hook up stations needed a little work. We stayed in site 82 and had no problems with water, power and cable TV. One of the other people we met there said they had to move to a different site due to a power issue at their first site.

The common building with the showers and bathrooms was immaculate. The pool area and porch around it was gorgeous. Unfortunately it was a little too cool to go swimming. There were about 15 other RVs there in addition to us. All of the sites are level, the majority of them are pull through. The views of the surrounding mountains are great. It is a great place to watch the sun go down in the evening. We also found the location to be excellent.

The Lajitas resort changed ownership recently and they opened up the RV area to any RV. The previous management team had restricted access to Class A rigs only. As for RV parks near Big Bend I believe this is the best. We looked at the other parks in Study Butte and Terlingua and they looked pitiful compared to Lajitas. Our stay here was problem free and we will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Big Bend.

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Big Bend National Park

Our visit to Big Bend National Park was outstanding. Big Bend is such a beautiful place. We spent 2.5 days exploring the area and that was not nearly enough time. The landscape is just amazing. You just can’t image it until you see it.

Day 1

Since we were camping in Lajitas, just west of Big Bend National Park, we went there first to setup the travel trailer on a Monday afternoon. Since it was a 500 mile drive, we just “chilled” and enjoyed the RV park, stretched our legs.


Tuesday morning, my daughter, Taylor, and I went for a horseback trail ride. My wife Allison didn’t want to go so she stayed at the RV park. We used Lajitas Stables for the trail ride. We did the “Contrabando Mesa” ride. This trail ride starts out at the stables which is down by the Rio Grande river and goes about 3500 feet upward to the top of Contrabando Mesa. It is about a 2 hour ride and an absolute blast. The views and scenery is beautiful. Here are some photos from our trail ride.

The trail ride was incredible. It was probably my favorite experience of entire trip. After lunch we all piled in the truck and drove into Big Bend National Park. We entered Big Bend National Park via Highway 118 from the western edge of the park. Once into the park, we turned left at Santa Elena Junction to head south down to the Rio Grande. We stopped a few times driving into look at the scenery and take some photos. Our first hike was at the Homer Wilson Ranch. We hiked down to the ranch house which was about a 1.25 mile round trip. Here is a photo from the bluff looking down towards the ranch house.

Next we stopped at the Sotol Vista Overlook. This is probably our favorite spot in the park. It is a really high vista with incredible views in all directions. Here are some photos from Sotol Vista.

Next we stopped at Mule Ears Point. This was another beautiful spot. Did not take the hike here as we were eager to get down to the Rio Grande and Santa Elena Cavern. Here is a photo of Mule Ears Point.

Our next stop was at Castolon area. We visited the visitor shop and store and bought ice cream. The temperature was in the high 80s by this time in mid-afternoon. Once we left Castolon, we drove down to the Cottonwoods camping area on the Rio Grande. Then we went over to Santa Elena Cavern. Here is a photo of Santa Elena.

At this point it had been a full day of activities. It was about 5:30pm and we were extremely tired and still had an hour’s drive in front of us back to our campsite at Lajitas. So we made the drive back to Lajitas and cooked a nice dinner on the grill. What a fun day.

Day Three

On Wednesday morning, we drove into Study-Butte for a Jeep tour. We selected Far Flung Outdoor Center for our Jeep tour and we were not disappointed. It was about 38 degrees F that morning when we arrived at the Far Flung center to start our Jeep tour. We decided to go on the “Camp 360 Tour” which is their most popular tour and lasts about 3.5 hours. Our tour guide was a very nice fellow named Kevin. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable on the area, the rock formations, the plants and the wildlife. He did a great job entertaining us and educating us. We traversed some very rugged terrain. Here are some photos from the Jeep tour.

The Jeep tour was a blast. It was very cold for a while, but very fun!! After the Jeep experience, we drove back into Big Bend National Park and via Highway 118 again and headed for the Chisos Basin. We had a picnic lunch there and the explored the Ranger station.

We discovered at the Ranger station that Mountain Lions were spotted near the area of the Homer Wilson Ranch where we hiked the day before. We were glad we didn’t encounter any! Next we decided to hike the Lost Mine Trail. Allison and Taylor made it about 1/3 of the way up. I went about 3/4 of the way up (the top is about 7550 feet). I made it to the top of the basin and captured some beautiful photos.

Next we drove down towards the southeastern side of the park. The landscape and scenery just continued to get more and more beautiful. At one point we had to go through a tunnel.

Next we stopped at the hot springs.  This used to be a small isolated “resort” back in the early 1900s.  There is a small hot spring right on the Rio Grande.

From here we drove down to the Rio Grande Village and explored the campground area there.  By this point it had again been a very long day.  The most interesting fact was the morning started out about 38 degrees F and by this time down on the Rio Grande it was about 92 degrees F.  Needless to say we were happy we had packed shorts and t-shirts to change into. We headed back to Lajitas to our RV at this point.

The next morning we packed up and drove 2 hours north to Davis Mountains State Park.  Big Bend National Park was a great experience.  It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  I didn’t realize how pretty these desert mountains could be.

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