Colorado Bend State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

It may be named after Colorado, but this roaring river does wind its way all the way down into Texas -- and if you’re lucky enough to visit Colorado Bend State Park, you’ll get to experience it up close and personal. Along with creating a haven for fisherfolk and paddlers, this Texas state park also offers access to a wide range of unique river-adjacent formations, like waterfalls, springs, sinkholes, and even a system of caves.

Colorado Bend State Park covers more than 5,000 acres of some of the most beautiful Texas countryside in the state, and with a public opening dating back to just 1987, it’s one of the newer state parks in the register. Whether you’re just looking for a relaxing place to spend the weekend or you’re ready to get acquainted with Mother Nature on a hike or ranger-led cave tour, here’s how to do your Colorado Bend State Park trip in style.

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Weather
Spring 48 F - 85 F
Summer 70 F - 96 F
Fall 47 F - 89 F
Winter 38 F - 64 F
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Nearby Cities
Bend, Texas
San Saba, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Colorado Bend State Park

While Colorado Bend State Park offers a variety of primitive and developed campsites, they tend to fill up fast -- and most of them aren’t built for RVs. (Even the ones that are max out at 30 footers!)

Fortunately, whether you’re in your own rig or an RV rental you sourced on the peer-to-peer market at RVshare, there are other campgrounds in the area to choose from.

Barefoot Camp and RV Park

Want to get a real taste of Texas life? This family-owned campground is surrounded by a real, live, working cattle ranch. Doesn’t get more authentic than that!

Barefoot Camp and RV Park also features three stunning miles of Colorado River frontage, and its spaces are all pull-thrus. Weekly and monthly rates are available, and modern amenities are on offer.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: river frontage with boating and tubing, bath house, telephone, pavilion

Boone RV Park

Perfect for a quick family getaway or whiling away the whole cold winter, Boone RV Park offers luxurious amenities and fun to-dos right in the heart of Texas Hill Country.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: secured private bath house, laundry facilities, recreation room, gift shop, propane fill station

Texas Hills RV Haven

Quiet, well-maintained, and right on the scenic shores of Lake Buchanan, Texas Hills RV Haven is the perfect place to camp if you don’t mind a bit of a drive to the state park gates. (Although it’s only a few miles south as the crow flies, the rural road system means the trip will take you about an hour.)

Fortunately, there’s enough to see and do onsite that you won’t feel like you miss out even if you never leave the campground. With horseshoe pits, a playground, and that lovely lakefront, you’ll have plenty to keep everyone in your motorhome or travel trailer occupied.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: picnic tables and fire rings at each campsite, horseshoe pit, playground, pavillion

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What to Do at
Colorado Bend State Park

Inside Colorado Bend State Park

With a view like the one in the picture, it’s no surprise that visitors flock to Colorado Bend State Park. But what, exactly, do they do while they’re there? We’re so glad you asked.

Hiking - With a vast network of more than 35 miles of hiking trails, if you like to see the landscape on foot, Colorado Bend State Park won’t disappoint you -- especially if you make the trek to the famous Gorman Falls, photographed above. 

Boating and swimming - The river is a main draw for many visitors… and after all, it is the park’s namesake! Whether you’re taking a dip at Spicewood Springs or taking advantage of the park’s on-site kayak rentals, there’s no shortage of ways to get wet and wild at Colorado Bend.

Fishing - This section of the Colorado is renowned for its plentiful supply of bass… and when you’re within the park boundaries, you don’t even need a Texas fishing license to get in on the action! 

Cave tours - Move aside, Carlsbad and Mammoth. Colorado Bend State Park is home to over 400 caves, and an expert guide can help you get to know them up close and personal. (Cave tours must be reserved ahead of time.)

Outside Colorado Bend State Park

Don’t get us wrong: it would be easy to keep yourself occupied inside the boundaries of Colorado Bend State Park, whether you were planning to stay for a little while or a lifetime. But there’s also plenty to see, do, and eat outside its gates -- here’s what not to miss in the area.

Restaurants

Whether it’s a challenging, sweaty hike or a fun-filled trip down the river, you need fuel to keep up with all those adventures! Here are some killer eats to try out in the Colorado Bend State Park area.

Donut City

Show us someone who doesn’t love donuts, and we’ll show you someone who’s in denial. If you’re looking for the best decadent breakfast option in the area, head up to San Saba and go straight to Donut City.

Location: San Saba, Texas

Young’s Burritos and Barbecue

If you go to Texas without sampling some authentic local barbecue, did you really even go to Texas? (Fortunately, if you somehow can’t stand the stuff, you can also get a delicious burrito from this locally-beloved favorite!)

Location: San Saba, Texas

Storm’s Drive-In

At this joint, it’s all about the burger -- and it has been since 1950 when the doors first open. Elvis Presley himself sampled the eats, so you can rest assured it’s literally good enough for a King!

Location: Lampasas, Texas

Shopping

Sightseeing

Check out these local hidden gems!

The Regency Suspension Bridge

Crossing the mighty Colorado and offering stunning views you can’t get anywhere else along the riverfront, the Regency Suspension Bridge is well worth a drive into town.

Location: San Saba, Texas

Local Wine Tasting

Want to sip and savor the moment? You don’t have to go all the way to California to enjoy some delicious, freshly-produced wines. Fiesta and Wedding Oak wineries both pour a delicious taste of Texas you won’t find anywhere else, and they’re just the beginning. Just remember to designate a driver before you set out!

Location: Various

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How to Get to
Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend State Park is located about two hours northwest of Austin and is almost equidistant from Dallas and San Antonio. It is quite remote, so it’s best to ascertain directions before you head out and avoid relying on your cell phone signal. The park’s address is as follows:

Colorado Bend State Park

2236 Park Hill Drive 

Bend, Texas 76824

Entering Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend State Park is open daily year round, with the gates open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (If you’ll be arriving late, call before 4:30 p.m. for the access code.)

There is a nominal fee to enter the park, along with other fees that may be assessed for camping, equipment rentals, cave tours, and other uses of park facilities. The cost for visitors aged 13 and over is $5, while children 12 and under get in for free.

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