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Title: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on August 26, 2006, 02:11:33 PM
Jim has lots of other good stuff on his site, but this is particularly useful info for anyone camping in the Chisos Basin.  Includes brief descriptions of each campsite.

BigBendPartners.com: Basin Campground (https://web.archive.org/web/20101217234754/http://www.bigbendpartners.com/NEWBCG.HTM)


And of course, the official source:
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm


Note: Jim's campsite info is obsolete, as the sites have been renumbered and some of the parking has been changed.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: chisos_muse on August 26, 2006, 02:44:10 PM
Quote from: "RichardM"
Jim has lots of other good stuff on his site, but this is particularly useful info for anyone camping in the Chisos Basin.

BigBendPartners.com: Basin Campground (http://www.bigbendpartners.com/NEWBCG.HTM)



I think the only thing that may be updated on that one is that showers at RGV are now $1.50, if I'm not mistaken, as opposed to the $.75 Jim has listed. :(
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on August 26, 2006, 04:38:30 PM
Might also mention that showers are available for rent in Study Butte at the Big Bend Travel Park.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Jim on August 26, 2006, 07:07:33 PM
And by the power vested in me, showers are now $1.50 !
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: chisos_muse on August 26, 2006, 07:28:37 PM
Quote from: "Jim"
And by the power vested in me, showers are now $1.50 !


LOL, I thought I read somewhere that it was raised another quarter. Last time I used one it was $1.25
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Undertaker on August 26, 2006, 08:53:51 PM
Do you get water with the rental shower in Study Butte or is that extra?  :lol: Undertaker
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on September 07, 2006, 03:29:01 PM
Here's an old copy of the Basin Campground Map modified to indicate reservable sites:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basin_campground_map.jpg)

The official map is currently available in this file:
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/parknews/upload/ChisosBasin_2007.pdf
on this page: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/brochures.htm
and this page: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm
The new map shows which sites are reservable, but it's kind of blurry.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Vince T on September 07, 2006, 03:37:25 PM
For the real softies...25 and 26 have a nice bed of St. Augustine grass most of the time too!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Jim on December 13, 2010, 11:47:00 AM
I just visited the re-vamped Chisos Basin Campground, and found the new traffic flow pattern confusing.  The "in" is now an "out" (one of two outs) and the old "out" section of the road is two-way.  They've made two loops out of the upper half of the campground, one flows clockwise, and the other flows counter-clockwise, and they have chopped out certain sections of the road so these two loops do not connect on the south side as they used to.  Some of the sites parking areas that you used to pull directly in to (like 2 or 3) you now have to back in to because the traffic flow has been reversed. 

Maybe it will be a little better when they mount the "one-way" signs on posts instead of having them sitting on the ground as they now are.  Oh, and by the way, be careful if you pull in toward sites 42 or 43 - that road is a dead end now and would be difficult to back out if you're pulling a pop-up or other trailer.  If you need to dump holding tanks from your Casita or pop-up trailer, the flow is now the opposite of what it used to be around the dump station.  I believe standard trailer drain access is on the driver's side, so it will be a challenge to run hoses to the other side of the trailer.

But the new asphalt paving is very nice!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on December 13, 2010, 12:16:19 PM
Oh, and by the way, be careful if you pull in toward sites 42 or 43 - that road is a dead end now and would be difficult to back out if you're pulling a pop-up or other trailer.
I believe the host site is by site 43 as well. It's easy to spot because of the big RV with covered wheels that's parked there.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: MilesOfTexas on December 13, 2010, 04:26:05 PM
So they now offer reservable campsites in the Basin?
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on December 13, 2010, 05:08:48 PM
There's always been a number of reservable sights in the basin.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: MilesOfTexas on December 13, 2010, 05:36:19 PM
There's always been a number of reservable sights in the basin.

Oh, I had not known that.  Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on December 13, 2010, 06:57:04 PM
No problem!!  Just go to www.recreation.gov (http://www.recreation.gov) to reserve a site!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on August 08, 2011, 03:50:08 PM
Latest word from the park is that the new map "is almost finished", but will not be posted until the new numbering system is in place (date still TBD). They hope to have it all set to go in early October.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on November 15, 2011, 06:44:35 PM
Latest word from the park is that the new map "is almost finished", but will not be posted until the new numbering system is in place (date still TBD). They hope to have it all set to go in early October.
Anybody seen the new map yet?

Here's Jim's map, a little bigger:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/ChisosCampgroundFlow.jpg)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: SA Bill on November 15, 2011, 06:55:34 PM
Would love to see a PDF if one exists. Otherwise, I'll check it out in person in two weeks.  :dance: I've reserved site 41 so I'm curious to see if that is still the site number for that site...if that makes any sense. :eusa_eh:
   Bill
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on November 17, 2011, 11:14:09 PM
Quote from: BIBE Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant/Fee Coordinator
We do have a final version of the campground map, but it may take a while
yet to get it posted on our website.  You can find a version of it with the
new numbering at http://www.recreation.gov .  It has been available there for
reservations being made for the November 15 reservation season.

For your camping needs on this upcoming trip, the majority of changes were
in the first loop (sites 1-20), essentially the flow of traffic is one way
counterclockwise in that loop and the site numbers were pretty much
reversed.  The sites in loop 2 (where the traffic flow is clockwise) were
changed but usually only by a couple of numbers from the old site number.
Almost all of the sites in loop 2 are the reserveable sites.  Loop 3 (two
way traffic) numbers stayed pretty much the same as before with several of
those also being reserveable sites.

Loop 1, sites 1-18 are the only sites where generator use is allowed.

Here's what I could piece together in a quick hack job:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/newbasincgmap.GIF) (http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/newbasincgmap.GIF)
(click image for "full-size" version)

Or for a slightly more printer-friendly version:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basincgmap.GIF) (http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basincgmap.GIF)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on March 09, 2012, 05:05:23 PM
I can't tell if all of these pictures were taken after the renumbering or not. Anybody care to do some QA?
http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: SA Bill on March 09, 2012, 06:34:10 PM
I can't tell if all of these pictures were taken after the renumbering or not. Anybody care to do some QA?
http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/

Before. My favorite site used to be numbered 41. It's now 21 and the 21 in the picture is definitely not the site I like. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  :icon_wink:
  bill
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on October 29, 2012, 09:15:46 AM
Does this look familiar?? This was taken today.....hmm...
Cool. While you're out there, can you confirm the accuracy of my campground map? I thought they were going to move the host's site to up near the entrance.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basincgmap.GIF)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Don H on October 29, 2012, 09:36:15 AM
The last time I was in the Basin Campground, the host site was across the road from 45 (#47 I believe, but it seemed like it was closer to the intersection - the Recreation.gov map shows it that way)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on October 29, 2012, 09:59:36 AM
The Host is right across from 23.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on October 29, 2012, 10:17:14 AM
The Host is right across from 23.
That makes sense, as I think the generators allowed zone has been restricted to the first loop only. Any other tweaks needed to my map? I gave up waiting for the park to put one online. They seem to be ok with just the recreation.gov interactive map.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Robert on November 02, 2012, 10:32:49 PM
Quote
Any other tweaks needed to my map?


Did they really take out the water faucets in the first loop? Seems odd that the second loop has 3 and none in the first.

Went back and read the posts from the start and saw the old map with no faucets as well. Odd, I've stayed in the first loop more than 20 times I would guess and I would have remembered hiking more than a couple of campsites to get water. Seems like there was one across road from the new 3 and 4.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on November 03, 2012, 07:58:39 AM
Quote
Any other tweaks needed to my map?


Did they really take out the water faucets in the first loop? Seems odd that the second loop has 3 and none in the first.

Went back and read the posts from the start and saw the old map with no faucets as well. Odd, I've stayed in the first loop more than 20 times I would guess and I would have remembered hiking more than a couple of campsites to get water. Seems like there was one across road from the new 3 and 4.
I doubt anyone with the park went to the trouble to check the locations of the water faucets for the map. I'm guessing they just left the faucet icons in place from previous maps. I guess we need someone to note all of the correct faucet locations and I'll update the map accordingly.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: badknees on November 03, 2012, 11:28:23 AM
Richard,

The host is actually located where you have #2. There were 2 campers in the host place. One is across from #19, and the other is across from #23.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on November 03, 2012, 08:11:55 PM
The host is actually located where you have #2. There were 2 campers in the host place. One is across from #19, and the other is across from #23.
Hmmm, now I'm confused. Maybe I'll let you edit the image and move the sites around as needed.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: badknees on November 03, 2012, 09:25:50 PM
The host is actually located where you have #2. There were 2 campers in the host place. One is across from #19, and the other is across from #23.
Hmmm, now I'm confused. Maybe I'll let you edit the image and move the sites around as needed.

Actually not where you have #2, sorry, but #19 is a bit farther NW, cause it is directly across from the host
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on November 03, 2012, 09:50:41 PM
Looking at google earth, I think this closer to reality.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/Norga_Rotem/basincgmap-1.gif)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on November 15, 2012, 02:14:53 PM
I can't tell if all of these pictures were taken after the renumbering or not. Anybody care to do some QA?
http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin
It looks like most of these pictures were taken after the road resurfacing and re-route, but before the numbers were changed. There are a couple that don't appear to be either the old or the new (e.g. #11 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-011) looks like what used to be #10, but is now either #9 or has been removed). Here's my best guess as to the changes:
OLD => NEW
1 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-001) => 17
2 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-002) => 18
3 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-003) => 16
4 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-004) => 15
5 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-005) => 14
6 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-006) => 13
7 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-007) => 12
8 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-008) => 11
9 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-009) => 10
10 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-010) => 9
11 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-011) => 8
12 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-012) => 7
13 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-013) => 6
14 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-014) => 5
15 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-015) => 4
16 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-016) => 3
17 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-017) => 2
18 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-018) => 1
19 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-019) => 30
20 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-020) => 28
21 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-021) => 29
22 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-022) => 26
23 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-023) => 27
24 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-024) => 25
25 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-025) => 24
26 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-026) => 23
27 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-027)&29 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-029) => HOST
28 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-028) => 20
30 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-030) => 19
32 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-032) => 33
33 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-033) => 32
35 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-035) => 36 (35 is new?)
36 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-036) => 37
37 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-037) => 38
38 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-038) => 39
39 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-039) => 40
40 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-040) => 47
41 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-041) => 21
42 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-042) => ??
43 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-043) => 46
44 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-044) => 45
45 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-045) => 43
46 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-046) => 42
47 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-047) => 41

Fartymarty (or anyone else heading out soon), we're counting on you to QA my map and provide us with updated info.  :icon_wink: Feel free to add to Jim's original data (https://web.archive.org/web/20101217234754/http://www.bigbendpartners.com/NEWBCG.HTM) as well.

I'm pretty sure that some of these are still wrong. Use at your own risk.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on December 31, 2012, 09:29:41 PM
Well, since I couldn't get anyone else to QA my map, I had to go out there and do it myself. :ranger: I did a walk-through in the moonlight last week. I've added a few water faucet locations, the dump station, and corrected sites 27, 29, and 47 to be shown as reserveable. I'd add in the Windows Trail access between sites 49 and 51, but I'm too lazy.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basincgmap.GIF)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: catz on January 01, 2013, 12:18:33 PM
Thanks, Richard!!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on January 02, 2013, 09:13:20 AM
Quote from: BIBE Public Affairs
The map found on recreation.gov is the most recent one.

We have not posted a map on our website because the Chisos Basin campground is still being worked on, as far as numbering.  There may also be some rerouting of traffic flow, as well as changes in some of the numbers, so our website coordinator is waiting for all this work to be completed before posting a final map.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: salukicolt on January 13, 2013, 10:43:44 PM
If we hike down into the basin on a Wednesday of Spring Break 2013. (3/13/13). What are the odds that our 2 man group could find a place to sleep and hike out the next day? I just checked and the lodge and the 25 or so reservable sights are booked.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on January 14, 2013, 08:53:44 AM
If we hike down into the basin on a Wednesday of Spring Break 2013. (3/13/13). What are the odds that our 2 man group could find a place to sleep and hike out the next day? I just checked and the lodge and the 25 or so reservable sights are booked.
I'd say pretty slim. During Spring Break it will be packed to capacity. Your best hope for a campground site will be to get there fairly early in the morning and see if you can catch someone leaving. The campground host does a fairly good job of keeping track of which sites are coming open, so check in with him early and often. There are 60 sites, with 34 of those being "first come, first served". Timing is everything.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: salukicolt on January 14, 2013, 11:55:47 AM
Richard, Thank you for the information. I am going to guess that there is a good chance that zones near the OML and designated sites in the Chisos may be filled by Saturday, March 9, anyway.
I would love to be able to hike from the desert into the mountains, camp at the Basin and dayhike back to the car. However, I am planning three to four back up itineraries for a four-night trip.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on January 14, 2013, 01:11:04 PM
Richard, Thank you for the information. I am going to guess that there is a good chance that zones near the OML and designated sites in the Chisos may be filled by Saturday, March 9, anyway.
I would love to be able to hike from the desert into the mountains, camp at the Basin and dayhike back to the car. However, I am planning three to four back up itineraries for a four-night trip.
It may be possible one of the Juniper Flats or Boulder Meadow sites will be open. They're the closest to the Basin. Flexibility when getting your backcountry permits is mandatory during Spring Break. :icon_wink: Good luck!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on January 18, 2013, 09:27:55 AM
They've modified the generator usage times for the Basin campground:

Quote from: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/campground_rules.htm
Generator use is permitted in designated areas between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m in the Rio Grande Village campground. Generator hours in the Chisos Basin campground are 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Idling vehicle engines are considered generators in this regard. No generators are allowed at Cottonwood Campground.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on March 01, 2013, 09:56:59 AM
The official map:
Quote from: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm
The Chisos Basin Campground is surrounded by tall, rocky cliffs and conveniently
located near some of the park's most spectacular and popular trails. Download
Chisos Basin Campground Map [PDF file]
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/upload/2013-CB-CG-Map-final-8-5-x-11.pdf

...and a copy of the above PDF saved as JPG so it can be easily viewed:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/misc/2013-CB-CG-Map-final-8-5-x-11.jpg)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Bateauxdriver on March 01, 2013, 04:40:39 PM
Richard, Thank you for the information. I am going to guess that there is a good chance that zones near the OML and designated sites in the Chisos may be filled by Saturday, March 9, anyway.
I would love to be able to hike from the desert into the mountains, camp at the Basin and dayhike back to the car. However, I am planning three to four back up itineraries for a four-night trip.

We may have space march 12 to 14.

I sent you a message.
Bateauxdriver@aol.com
Title: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Jimbow on March 01, 2013, 07:42:52 PM
We're making our first trip with a pop up camper. It changes the dynamics so much. I never worried about campsites before when we could tent camp anywhere. Zone, roadside, etc. now I'm worried and hoping.


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Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on May 23, 2013, 09:26:44 PM
Want an interest free loan for a few months to cover the cost of your campsite payment? Fill out the payment envelope and put down a credit card number instead of putting in cash. My payment from last December just showed up on my credit card. That's almost 5 months. The year before it took about 3 months, IIRC.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: ds9writer on July 27, 2014, 10:13:48 PM
I've read thru this thread, and I get the idea that the campsitephotos.com site still does not necessarily have the correct campsite #s on their photos...

Does anyone know if this site is really #40?
http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-040 (http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Chisos-Basin/photos/Chisos-Basin-040)

I'd hate to reserve what looks really nice and find out I'm on some scrub gravel 10" from the road...

Thanks, all!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on July 27, 2014, 11:57:13 PM
Pretty sure that isn't site #40.  Based on the map, #40 doesn't face the Window.

I'm almost positive that's a picture of site #47.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Jimbow on July 28, 2014, 08:48:53 AM
Want an interest free loan for a few months to cover the cost of your campsite payment? Fill out the payment envelope and put down a credit card number instead of putting in cash. My payment from last December just showed up on my credit card. That's almost 5 months. The year before it took about 3 months, IIRC.

Same experience but with a check that came through almost a year later. Since I don't mind at all supporting the park I was kind of bothered. 
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: ds9writer on July 28, 2014, 10:32:21 AM
Pretty sure that isn't site #40.  Based on the map, #40 doesn't face the Window.

I'm almost positive that's a picture of site #47.

I think you're 100% correct - I checked the map against the campground map as you did (should have thought of that sooner!), plus against Google Maps earth view and it does look just like #47!

(http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu230/ds9writer/Big%20Bend%20NP%20Spring%202013/googearthbibe.jpg) (http://s650.photobucket.com/user/ds9writer/media/Big%20Bend%20NP%20Spring%202013/googearthbibe.jpg.html)

Many many thanks!!!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on July 28, 2014, 01:41:19 PM
 :great:
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on July 29, 2014, 09:14:28 AM
Here's a stitch of the Google view of the campground. I was going to put campsite numbers on it, but am confused as to which one is 56.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/cg_aerial_view.jpg)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: huachuca on July 31, 2014, 10:44:48 PM
Definitely #47 in the current numbering system; #42 in the old layout.  Its a great site for a small trailer but not so much for a tent; just no room to pitch anything bigger than a solo unless you set up on the asphalt drive.  It has great views and a fair degree of privacy when compared to most others in the Basin.  On our last two trips,  a fox would come out of the brush each night around dusk and pass through the picnic shelter while we were sitting there.    Couple of photos of our setup on 47 last year.
(http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63577%3Enu%3D4973%3E4%3B7%3E255%3EWSNRCG%3D34428%3B%3B937346nu0mrj)
(http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63564%3Enu%3D4973%3E4%3B7%3E255%3EWSNRCG%3D344289%3B%3B89346nu0mrj)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Owl on August 01, 2014, 08:16:29 AM
That's the first Scamp 5th wheel trailer I've ever seen.  Nice!
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: ds9writer on August 01, 2014, 08:32:49 AM
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Its a great site for a small trailer but not so much for a tent; just no room to pitch anything bigger than a solo unless you set up on the asphalt drive.

That's good to know... we have a two person tent, so may have to look at another site...  sigh...
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: huachuca on August 01, 2014, 08:48:52 PM
Thanks Owl; not too many of them around,  At our advancing ages, the Scamp has become the first option but we keep our backpacking gear on board and manage an overnighter or two on most of our longer trips.

ds9writer, you may want to give the Park a call for confirmation but I don't think there's room for a two man.  Hope you enjoy your visit.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: ds9writer on August 02, 2014, 01:32:23 PM
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ds9writer, you may want to give the Park a call for confirmation but I don't think there's room for a two man.  Hope you enjoy your visit.

It's also booked the days we wanted to be there, so back to the drawing board... really just want something secluded-ish as far from the road as possible (if such a thing is possible in the Basin - guess we're too spoiled by backcountry sites where your nearest neighbor is 5 miles away!)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on August 27, 2014, 08:55:43 AM
Here's the aerial view with site numbers.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/misc/basin_campground.jpg)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: alanmalk on August 27, 2014, 02:44:47 PM
Quote from: Jim
And by the power vested in me, showers are now $1.50 !

And if I'm not mistaken, that is not $1.50 per shower, that's per gallon.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: StFuz on November 26, 2014, 02:47:08 PM
Ok, I'm trying to figure out if site 39 is a good location. Based on the list on this page;
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/campgrounds/basin-campground-info/30/

Site 38 is now 39 and Site 39 is now 40. When I click on the link for 38 there is no picture. But when I look at:

https://web.archive.org/web/20101217234754/http://www.bigbendpartners.com/NEWBCG.HTM

it says that 39 has a metal canopy wide level spot with, rv useable and 2 car spaces.

Any info would be appreciated.

St Fuz
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: catz on November 26, 2014, 06:25:24 PM
Sorry, I can't give you the specifics about any particular site in the Basin.  It's frustrating that despite months and months of trying, we can't seem to get 100% accuracy of the sites.  But I can say that about half the sites in the basin--maybe a bit more--have a metal canopy.  Just about all have a grill.  When you arrive in February, you shouldn't have any trouble getting a spot you like.

You should also consider one of the other two campgrounds.  The Basin could be quite cold in February.   Rio Grande Village is warmer and offers many amenities (a store, showers, washer-driers, etc.).  A few of the sites have canopies.  It is convenient to Old Ore Road and the east end of River Road.   It is also likely to be the most "crowded" in February.  Cottonwood has no canopies and few amenities (other than tables and many large trees) but will be warmer than the Basin and far less "crowded".  It is convenient to the Castolon store, Maverick Road, and the west end of River Road.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: ds9writer on November 27, 2014, 11:52:16 AM
I think RichardM's diagram/pic above is pretty accurate. 

I hope to take new pics of every campsite this spring break... but that won't help you in February... sorry
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: StFuz on November 27, 2014, 08:47:47 PM
Thank you for the information. I am excited. I just got a pop up camper for the trip. Can't wait to get there.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on December 31, 2014, 04:39:52 PM
Want an interest free loan for a few months to cover the cost of your campsite payment? Fill out the payment envelope and put down a credit card number instead of putting in cash. My payment from last December just showed up on my credit card. That's almost 5 months. The year before it took about 3 months, IIRC.
The envelopes no longer have a spot for credit card info, so it's cash or check only. The guy working the Basin Visitor Center said they had never accepted credit cards. :icon_rolleyes: After the usual disclaimer of "we don't do the campsite payments and don't really know anything about it", he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: mule ears on December 31, 2014, 04:51:18 PM
he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.

That would be the "Digital Ranger"?
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on December 31, 2014, 04:56:38 PM
he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.

That would be the "Digital Ranger"?
I can see it now. You put in your cash after selecting an available campsite, only to find the printer is out of paper or ink. No site for you!

I can't believe I didn't put in a "PC Load Letter" joke here...
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on February 08, 2016, 05:35:38 PM
Quote from: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
Quote from: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/chisos-basin-big-bend/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74044
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Hoodoo on February 08, 2016, 05:55:06 PM
Quote from: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
Quote from: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/chisos-basin-big-bend/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74044
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.

From their Book of Face page back in January 2016. (https://www.facebook.com/BigBendNPS/photos/a.871714252846895.1073741827.146679585350369/1127429490608702/?type=3&theater)

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Wish you could reserve a campsite in the Chisos Basin Campground in April or May? Now you can! The campground reservation season has been extended in the Chisos Basin Campground through May 31st to accommodate our visitors who prefer reliability and a plan

Don
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: RichardM on February 08, 2016, 05:57:25 PM
Quote from: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/basin_campground.htm
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
Quote from: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/chisos-basin-big-bend/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74044
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.

From their Book of Face page back in January 2016. (https://www.facebook.com/BigBendNPS/photos/a.871714252846895.1073741827.146679585350369/1127429490608702/?type=3&theater)

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Wish you could reserve a campsite in the Chisos Basin Campground in April or May? Now you can! The campground reservation season has been extended in the Chisos Basin Campground through May 31st to accommodate our visitors who prefer reliability and a plan

Don
Should we start a pool on when they get around to updating the Web page?

Looks like the did get around to updating the web page.  :icon_wink:

And for some useful generic info:

As you enter the campground, you'll see this on your right before you get to the campsites. Grab a form and take it with you (make sure you have a pen to fill it out). If you see an open unreserved site, fill out the form and leave the tear-off portion in the clip on the numbered post marking the site. Then fill out the envelope and put your check or cash in it and put it in the Iron Ranger. If you don't find an open one or see anyone packing up to leave, find the campground host and see if he knows of any open sites or ones coming open. On busy days he'll be out walking the campground.  He'll usually have a clipboard. Not sure if he wears a uniform shirt or not, but he's always been wearing something green when I've talked to him. :ranger:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/BasinCampgroundRegistration.jpg)
I'd recommend printing out this map and taking it with you. That way if the host says #59 is open you'll know how to find it. You'll also know which ones are the reserveable ones.
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/basincgmap.GIF)
Title: Re: Basin Campground Info
Post by: Imre on February 08, 2016, 06:42:04 PM
The 'recreation.gov' reservation site has a box you can check to search for waterfront sites ... in the basin.  :icon_rolleyes: