We had spent a month in San Marcos, TX and were making our plans to keep moving west. Originally we were going to head straight to New Mexico, with an overnight stop somewhere in West Texas on the way. Ultimately, we decided that we’d make a detour and head down to Big Bend National Park. We heard too many good things about that National Park to just pass it by. We broke the drive up with a one night stop at the very beautiful Caverns of Sonora. It was a total of about 10 hours of driving down to Maverick Ranch RV Park in Lajitas, TX from San Marcos.
We choose Maverick Ranch in Lajitas because of it’s proximity to Big Bend National Park. To be honest, our first choice was to be closer to the national park at Rio Grande RV Village. Unfortunately, all their full-hookup sites were booked, so after some research, we choose Maverick Ranch for our stay.
I will note that it was a bit difficult to get ahold of them. You have to call and leave a message and wait for them to call you back, which can be frustrating. I was a little worried about how dealing with the office would be in person. Once we got there though, those fears where quickly forgotten as the office staff was friendly and easy to work with. They just really need a better system!
The park is situated under a large mesa, and we loved the view out our back window! The spaces are large. The pull-in position of the spots is rotated every other RV, making the sewer hookups between the back of two RVs. This is unlike every other RV park we have stayed at where each RV in the row faces the same way, making the back of one RV the front of the other. The way Maverick Ranch was set up makes so much sense, because you don’t have have to look at and or smell your neighbor’s sewer as much – always a good thing!
There is a nice community center with a pool in the back. Since it affiliated with the golf resort, you can take advantage of all the amenities and activities that the golf resort has to offer such as including the spa, golf club, horseback rides, skeet and clay shooting, etc. However, we were there primarily for the National Park, so we didn’t do any of that other stuff.
Our favorite thing about park was it’s “dark skies” policy. All outside lights were to be off by 9 p.m. every night. You could see so many stars!
The town of Lajitas, TX is really nothing more than a gas station/general store and the golf resort. It was a short walk to both the resort and the general store. The store is good for any last minute items, but being in the middle of nowhere, expect to pay more. I would suggest stocking up on groceries before getting here.
Fun fact about Lajitas: the major is a goat named Clay Henry. He and his lady friend have a pen near the store. I enjoyed my visits with the major from time to time while we were there. 🙂
The downside of staying at Maverick Ranch is the lack of internet connection. Our Verizon jet pack got a very slow connection. The RV park internet wasn’t much better. Our AT&T cell service was fine for making and receiving calls, but that’s about it. We had planned to stay at the park for two weeks, but ultimately decided to cut our visit short because we need internet to get work done.
Halfway through the week, we found out about an internet cafe in the Terlingua “ghost town.” It was about 15 or 20 minutes from the Maverick Ranch. We drove there to work Thursday and Friday that week. They had good free high-speed internet, as well as delicious food and coffee. There was also a great view from the patio.
To be fair, most people come to Big Bend to get away from it all. I know that cell service is non-existent in the National Park and probably not great at any RV park in the area. If you have to work, like we do, just beware of the limited connectivity.
Maverick Ranch is the closest RV park to Big Bend Ranch State Park, which is a real gem. We drove in there one evening and took in the beautiful views of the Rio Grande running between the U.S. and Mexico. Even though the calendar said it was still winter, it was really starting to feel like spring to us.
For anyone looking to get away and relax, Maverick Ranch RV Park is ideal. They offer some nice amenities for being in such a remote location. The offerings do come with a higher than average price. If you can get through to book a spot with them, the drive down is worth it, especially because of the proximity to Big Bend National Park. If the internet connectivity were not an issue for us, we would have gladly stayed longer.
Maverick Ranch RV Park
HC 70, Box 400
Lajitas, Texas 79852