A Guide to Camping for Every Level

LEVEL 1

Glamping, please! Leave the roughing it to someone else at these venues

  • Cypress Valley Treehouses
    With five unique tree houses perched up in the branches of ancient cypress trees (and one on-the-ground ranch house), you’ll redefine what it means to spend the night in nature here. Enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee on your treetop patio and you’ll still have plenty of time to stop at Pedernales Falls or Blanco state parks en route back to San Antonio. Book early as treehouse stays sell out months in advance.
  • Hozhoni on the Hill
    Less than 30 minuets from Inks Lake State Park, this glamping destination is set above Horseshoe Bay and boasts views plus plenty of amenities. The Stardom Suite features a king size bed set inside of a clear bubble that allows you to gaze at the night sky, while Curves is a beautiful suite in a well-designed shipping container.

LEVEL 2

Overnight in the outdoors without packing a tent

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park Rim-Side Cabins
    Tuck yourself in on the edge of the canyon and enjoy sweeping views of the colorful earth below. Each cabin has a bathroom with a shower, a small refrigerator and a microwave, with a grill and picnic table outside.
  • Garner State Park Cabins
    With a full kitchen (including a sink, microwave, fridge and stove), showers, central AC and heat and two double beds (plus a fireplace in some cabins), this is basically a home away from home with a view.

LEVEL 3

When you want to camp but need running water

  • Guadalupe River State Park Campsites
    These are perfect for those just beginning to tap into their outdoorsy side. Bring a tent or a camper and enjoy a night or two near the river with the convenience of electricity hookups and bathrooms with showers just a short walk away.
  • Inks Lake State Park Campsites
    There are 49 water-only sites with restrooms and showers nearby (ideal for tent camping) and another 125 campsites with electricity hookups. Book early so you can reserve a space right on the banks of Inks Lake.

LEVEL 4

Fully immerse yourself in nature

  • Pedernales Falls State Park Primitive Campsites
    Hike 2 miles to a camping area that is surprisingly secluded and quiet thanks to its location away from the day-time busyness of the falls. There are 20 spaces that are faintly marked as campsites, but you have the freedom to pitch your tent in any open spot that suits you best. Pets are not allowed at this site.
  • Colorado Bend State Park Primitive Campsites
    For a low-key backpacking experience, this park offers two backcountry campsites—the Backcountry River Area and the Backcountry Windmill Area—that are both a mile or less from a trailhead. Neither have access to water or toilets but you’ll exchange these pleasantries of normal life for an unparalleled experience in the wilderness.

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