Stillwell Store and RV Park

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48421 FM 2627, Alpine, TX, 79830

Stillwell's Store and RV Park is located just north of Big Bend National Park, about 8 miles from the Persimmon Gap entrance. ****NOT LOCATED IN ANY TOWN, WE ARE 45 MILES SOUTH OF MARATHON**** The old-fashioned general store carries soft drinks, beer, ice, canned goods and regular gasoline. Our RV park features sites with full 30/50 amp hook-ups (electric, water and sewer), water and electric only sites, dry sites and tent sites. Stillwell is a practical campground with a lot of history, not a resort. Come enjoy the peace and quiet at Stillwell while exploring the nearby Big Bend National Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. Given our ideal location, this is the perfect spot for stargazers, bird watchers and those just wanting to unplug for a bit. Whether it's for a short and or long-term stay, we hope to see you soon!

We stop accepting same-day reservations at 4 p.m. 

We do have limited WiFi at the store. The nearest cell phone service is about 15 miles away in BBNP. If technology is your top concern, this likely isn't the place for you. 

We DO NOT offer rock hounding or any kind of equestrian services on the property. 

We do not accept reservations via phone call. All reservations are made thru the website. 

If you are looking to charge an electric car, simply book the kind of site you require and leave it in the "special request" box that you are charging an electric car. We are an R.V. Park, not a car charging station so the fee is the same. 

May~June~July~August are off season months. Most of our tent camping sites will be closed. Store hours and amenities availability will be subject to change. We do not recommend visiting in the summer months due to extreme heat. The store will be closed in the mornings for the month of May. 

Are you interested in visiting Hallie Stillwell's Hall of Fame? Stop by the store during business hours and request the key.


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Last Updated: 08/12/2022

RV Site

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Dry RV Site $20.00 $370.00 See More Choose Your Site
Full Hook-up (30 Amp) $30.00 $180.00 $425.00 See More Choose Your Site
Full Hook-up (50 Amp) $35.00 $210.00 $475.00 See More Choose Your Site
Water & Electric (30 Amp) $25.00 $150.00 $370.00 See More Choose Your Site
Water & Electric (50 Amp) $30.00 $180.00 Choose Your Site
Tent Site

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Tent Camping (per adult) $10.00 Choose Your Site

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The Wrangler Room $50.00 Choose Your Site

Choose your site with care

Please select your site carefully from the map. Click on the boxes to learn the site number. Call and ask us questions, if needed. We will not refund the difference if you arrive and decide you want a different site or that you didn't book a proper site for your needs. We reserve the right to charge a site change fee.

No large animals

We do not allow any horses, mules or any animal exceeding 400 pounds on the property.

Please don't flush baby wipes

Please do not flush baby wipes down our toilets OR down your RV and into our septic system. Even if they claim to be "septic safe". There is no such thing. If it is not toilet tissue or waste, don't flush it! If this continues to be a problem, we will have to raise our prices in order to offset repair costs.

Directions to our Location!

Please take a look at our directions on our website, We are located 46 miles south of Marathon off of Hwy 385 then left on FM 2627, just outside of Big Bend National Park. We are not located in the town of Alpine proper, despite what our address may make you think. We do not recommend using a GPS.


We are on a well and water is a precious commodity, folks. RVs** We don't allow people to fill their tanks. If you need use of our water, register for a site that includes it. Tent Campers** The sink in the laundry room can be used for washing dishes, etc.

Check in and check out

Please check in at the store upon arrival. Check in is from 1-7pm. Check out is at noon.

Cancellations and Refunds

Camping/RVing is an outdoor experience, therefore we do not give refunds due to the discomforts of nature, weather or for early departure. No refunds after check-in. Please provide 72 hours notice for cancellations from May to October. All cancellations from November to April require 7 days notice. In the event of a No Show, no refund will be issued. All refunds are minus processing fees and the cost of doing business.

Your responsibility

Management and owners are not responsible for damages, injury or loss to persons, pets or property. Guests and visitors agree to use the Park at their own risk. Owners are legally responsible for their pets and ANY injury or loss caused by their pets. Stillwell's Store and RV Park, the Owners, the Management or the Staff will not be held responsible for any injuries to pets, their owners or others in the park.

Quiet time

Quiet time is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please be respectful of those trying to sleep. Please do not sit there with your vehicle idling.

Wifi and Cell

There is no cell phone service here. The closest signal is roughly 15 miles away inside Big Bend National Park. The Wifi here is limited. It is available from the porch and is suitable for checking emails, etc. No downloading or streaming. Pretend it's 1985 and enjoy things other than having your phone in your face.

No dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.

If it's not street legal there is no point in bringing it here.

No drones

No drones, we like quiet and we like privacy.


All fires are to be in a designated fire container, no exceptions. Wood fires are currently banned. Charcoal or indoor/outdoor clean burning logs (such as duraflame) are fine.

No washing vehicles

Yes, we know, your vehicle/motorcycle/trailer/RV/jetpack/spaceship or however you travel most likely got dirty on the way down here. Your visiting the desert. That's just how it is. We are on a well and cannot allow the luxurious consumption of water many are accustom to. There will be a $25 charge minimum if caught washing vehicles. Please, just wait until you get to an actual carwash or home.

Pet restrictions

All pets must be on a leash and are NOT to have free run of the campground or to be left unattended. This is an area with rattlesnakes, coyotes, bears and many other critters that are dangerous to your pets. Pick up after your animals. Do not bring your pets in the store or museum.

30 Amps

50 Amps

Big Rig Friendly

Community Restrooms

General Store

Laundry Facilities

Pet Friendly

Sewer Hookups

Water Hookups


Dirt Roads

Dump Station

Gasoline Nearby

Gravel Roads

Pull-Thru RV Sites



Historic Sightseeing

Scenic Drives


Wildlife Viewing


48421 FM 2627, Alpine, TX, 79830
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Distances (miles) in the Big Bend Area from Stillwell Store:

  • BBNP Entrance: 8
  • BBNP Headquarters: 35
  • Black Gap WMA Headquarters: 12
  • Boquillas: 59
  • Santa Elena: 78
  • Study Butte: 61
  • Marathon: 46
  • Alpine: 75
  • El Paso: 296
  • San Antonio via Hwy 90: 374
  • San Antonio via Interstate 10: 423




Overall Rating: 4.2

Katherine Marshall

Great campsite right outside of one of the entrances to Big Bend. It was great to get away and unplug. Beautiful sunsets at night. Definitely remote with limited access to wifi so just know you’re going to be focusing on the beauty around you rather than your phone or computer when you come here. Everyone in the office was very nice too! Would definitely recommend.

Laurie Dempsey

Good stop for visiting Big Bend National Park. Closest RV place to the park. Gravel sites, pull through. Full hookups. No Shade, Wi-Fi available, no phone service. There are restrooms, laundry, showers, and a little camp store.

Thomas Slator

Very quite and remote. It was great just to hear the birds and see the deer.

Michael Owen

I always enjoy staying at Stillwell RV when in the Big Bend, Black Gap WMA area. Management/owners are first class people and the site is close to the areas I frequently visit. This is rough country and Stillwell RV makes it comfortable.

Kathy Barnes

Older campground with older dusty buildings, but friendly staff. Beautiful star filled sky at night. Even saw a bunch of Lesser Nighthawks flying around the light pole. Pretty excited about that. Very quiet.

Scott Elliott

Great little spot just outside of Big Bend. Host Sheri, Al and Master Sergeant were awesome! It’s all about the people!

Lynn Biggs

Stayed at park for 3 nights and had full hook-ups. Everything worked well. Only negative would be we had a long drive to get to the main visitor center (not campgrounds fault at all), but we’re able to drive the entire park in two days. Nights at the park were beautiful since you could see all the stars so clearly. Payton was very friendly at the front desk, and we were able to grab dvds to watch and return the next day. If visiting the park again, would stay there

Victor Cuadrado

Magnificent Staff. Stayed one night, in transit to BBNP. Site was clean. It's a desert so expect it to be dusty. Quiet and peacefull at night. will definetly stay again and reccomend to friends and family

Thomas Petit

Great location for heading into Big Bend and Black Gap. Wonderful relaxing times on the porch talking with other travelers. Has everything you need for a week or two in deep Texas.

Carl Eldridge

Experience the desert first hand. Wild life in abundance, coyote, dove, quail, mule deer, vultures, cotton tail bunnies and more. The cactus in bloom and the peaceful quiet of the desert. A nicely stocked stock with an end of the road vibe.....we loved it....wifi that works!

Thomas Service

The first three rules of real estate are location, location, and location - and that is about all that the Stillwell Ranch Campground has going for it... Lilly's reaction was that it reminded her of an abandoned 1960's drive-in theater - sans the movie screen... When we arrived the men's shower, the ladies shower, and the laundromat were all out of commission. This place is certainly over-priced for value delivered, but it did allow the crew of TIGER LILLY to get three days of touring the northern and eastern side of Big Bend National Park in before our reservation at Cottonwood Campground in the southwest portion of this huge (as in 50 mile) national park. Once again Stillwell's has demonstrated that national and state campgrounds deliver so much more value for the money over most commercial operations... We had read all the negative reviews on Stillwell, and we knew full-well the situation, but because we wanted 3 more days at BBNP we made the reservation anyway. One can only hope for some competition to spring up outside of the northern entrance to the park so that the Stillwell Ranch can go back to raising snakes and lizards - which is about all the place is good for.

Joy Aultman

What a sweet young woman that checked us in and helped us so much by changing our site from tent camping to one with electricity and water and a nice shade over our van… we will always remember her kindness and help on deciding what to see in Big Bend…we only stayed one night but enjoyed talking with other campers on the porch sitting in rocking chairs, showers, doing laundry, and a restful night!!!! Thank y’all so much :)☺️

Elizabeth Schuchert

A no frills campground 7 miles outside the entrance to Big Bend. Saves a 60 mile drive into the park to get to the campground. Great sunsets and starry nights. They have showers, with great water pressure, laundry and a very small store. Even had some white tail deer and javelins.

Steven Bage

Wasn’t too impressed at first, but I never have been camping in the desert before! It turned out great ! I set my tent up and left early every day to hike and had nice relaxing in the evenings when I returned. There restrooms and showers were really clean and everyone was really friendly !

Roberta Allen

Not fancy, but clean, friendly, quiet. We would stay here again.

Brian West

I gave it 5 stars because it is what they say it is, a place in the desert to park and see Big Bend NP. It’s easy to get to on a paved road. The campsites are gravel, nothing fancy. They have some full hookups above the road, but they are pretty close together. We stayed below the road in the strip, with 30 amp and water. Lots more room and there is a dump station on the way out . Great desert views. This is desert campsite with hookups and a little store, no cell, not a resort. Buy fuel and food before you get there.

Ofer Israel

Beutiful place, very close to the big bend, very nice hosts. Peaceful and quiet

Roger Barkley

Very surprisingly we enjoyed our stay.... It's a little remote, in the desert, ... The only amenities are water, electric,and dump. Camp store just has basics. There were just a few other campers and it's barren. The beauty was how peaceful and quiet it was ... Would stay again if ever in the area... 👍

Matthew Henry

Inexpensive camping close to Big Bend National Park with a small store with wifi on the porch, a gas pump, restrooms, showers, and a laundromat. The showers and changing areas could use new curtains for better privacy, but they were reasonably clean. This is not a hotel. While camping in the desert you should expect dust, direct sunlight, and cactuses in the surrounding vegetation. The campsites do not have picnic tables, but there are some near the entrance to the tent camping area. You may need to carry a rusty fire container from an unoccupied campsite if yours does not have one. The campsite we originally reserved had bushes growing throughout it, leaving no space for a tent, so the office kindly moved us to another site. This place has a lot of charm and a variety of amenities, but some simple improvements could make the experience better.

Sarah McConnon

Clean bathrooms, beautiful views (including sunrise and sunset views from any campsite). Helpful to have the store and Wi-Fi for quick things. Only downside is that finding your campsite in the dark is pretty hard - though the map they left for us was helpful to navigate our way there.