This year has been difficult, but I hope the end is in sight. We went camping several times, practiced social distance and just enjoyed it alone and in nature. We love camping. Whether with our trailers, campers, in our tents, or even in a tipi, we love the outdoors in nature, hiking and exploring. We camped from North Carolina to California and from Texas to the Canadian border to the United States. One state that offers many different options for camping is Texas. As the second largest and second most populous state in the country, Texas is practically its own other country. Even in places around the world, people, whether they know it or not, seem to associate certain elements of Americana that are clearly Texas. From a historical point of view, Texas is an interesting one with its personal history very closely related to the history and philosophy of the 19th century United States. France, Spain and Mexico had already claimed Texas as part of their territory, even before it became its own republic in 1836. Nine years after, it was decided that the United States would become the 28th state of the Union.
If you are traveling from outside the country, it can be a bit difficult to understand the size of the state. The largest ranch in the state, is larger than the total size of Rhode Island, from place to place, it’s a matter of hours, maybe even days, depending on how you want to travel. Despite its huge size, Texas is incredibly diverse both in its inhabitants and in its surroundings. The vast landscapes of the state are what it has made stand out especially for those who spend time outdoors hiking, hunting, or camping. The rugged terrain, and the state’s spirit of independence, makes it one of the best places in the country to camp, so if you have time to spend time with god in nature, in the Lone star state, check out some of the best campsites in Texas.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is one of the most scenic spots in all of Texas. The park is huge and offers four different campsites within the park itself, one of which is reserved for people with a motorhome, so if you’re camping with a motorhome, head to Big Bend National Park for your next pitch.
The park is located along the iconic Rio Grande River which is a natural barrier and the border between Texas and Mexico and if you can book a spot early, there are over 100 campsites located by the river so you can wake up every morning and listen to the sounds of once you’re settled, there are plenty of cool things to do here such as horseback riding or hiking and despite the 800,000 acres of the park, you’ll never be too far from a camp store or campground. a shower, because they are located close to almost all designated campsites.
Hike, backpack, fish, and enjoy the open air and huge gaping canyons of Big Bend National Park.
Padre Island National Seashore
On the south side of Texas, just outside Corpus Christi, and on the shores of a private island is the beautiful Padre Island National Seashore campground. The park here is literally very different from many others in Texas and if you were looking for evidence of the state’s natural diversity, then Padre Island National Seashore offers just that. The undeveloped island landscape of sand and sun has 130,000 hectares of camping space across the Gulf of Mexico.
Padre Island National Seashore has two large campgrounds, almost of which are located directly on the beach, and 48 of the season it will offer more luxurious amenities such as flush toilets and shower facilities, and many other sites are more primitive.
The people who camp here are beach types and many activities here revolve around spending time in the water doing things like windsurfing, bodyboarding, fishing. When heading to Padre Island National Seashore,be sure to pack everything you need as there are few facilities on the island that offer amenities.
Oxford Camping Ranch
Just a little south of the small town of Llano, Texas, and Oxford Ranch Campground is a private campground, which is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The property has plenty of space for campers, but visitors should know that the place is on the primitive side of the campsite, so don’t expect running water or showers available.
Oxford Ranch Campground offers a few basic things for your stay, like a picnic table and fire pit, and guests can purchase firewood from the owners if they need it. For the most part, camping offers campers the opportunity to stay where they want, so if you don’t want or need a picnic table and fire pit, you are welcome to lift your tent virtually wherever you want on site. Be sure to come visit in early spring as the area is covered with blooming bluebonnets.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, also known as the ” Grand Canyon of Texas, and campsites here are some of the best deals for amazing canyon sites. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a place for human residents, having lived about 15,000 years ago, and with that there are a variety of elements of archaeological discovery, dating back to the Triassic period.
There are six designated locations in the park with some of those with amenities such as electricity and shower access. For motorhomes with a motorhome, there are options as long as your vehicle is less than 60 feet. If you’re looking for more primitive camping options, you can set up your tent near the canyon and wake up in the morning to the beautiful sights that even Georgia O’keeffe called “a burning, bubbling cauldron filled with dramatic light and color.” If you need last minute supplies, the city of Amarillo is only 30 minutes away.