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Amistad National Recreation Area is a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Southwest. The cobalt blue reservoir is surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs and set at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Pecos, and Devils Rivers. There are plenty of opportunities to make a splash, whether you're basking on the beach, launching a boat, or casting a line for black bass. The park's name is derived from the Spanish word for friendship, which makes Amistad National Recreation Area a fantastic place to enjoy quality time with your nearest and dearest. History buffs will love discovering prehistoric Native American rock art and soaking up the vibrant mix of American and Mexican cultures.

If you're planning a getaway to the Southwest, RV rentals in Val Verde County swap hotels and Airbnbs for a home on wheels. You'll love the freedom to sleep under the stars at Amistad National Recreation Area, as well as other nearby gems like Big Bend National Park and the Padre Island National Seashore. At just three hours from Alamo City, Amistad National Recreation Area is popular with urbanites looking for places to camp in an RV near San Antonio. You're also a four-hour drive from Austin, the Lone Star State capital.

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Getting Outdoors

Cool, crystal clear water makes it hard to resist a dip at popular swim beaches near Governors Landing and Diablo East. The park is also a hub for watersports, including scuba diving, water skiing, and snorkeling. If you want to stretch your legs, you'll find well-marked trails in the Diablo East area. The Figueroa Trail is a firm favorite and rewards you with sweeping views over the ranchlands and reservoir.

Accessible by boat or by foot, the prehistoric rock paintings at Amistad National Recreation Area recall the legacy of the Native American hunters and gatherers who lived in the area for more than 10,000 years. The arid desert climate has done a fantastic job of preserving these cultural treasures for future generations.

Amistad National Recreation Area is renowned for world-class fishing, with the chance to reel in black bass, channel catfish, and stripers. The park is part of the International Amistad Reservoir, so be sure to stay behind the buoys or pick up a Mexico boating permit and fishing license if you plan to cross the border. Bird watchers will be in their element with the chance to spot more than 200 species, including great blue herons, canyon wrens, kingfishers, and painted buntings. Embark on your own birdwatching trip or join one of the guided walks departing from the Amistad Visitor Information Center.

Camping at Amistad National Recreation Area

Amistad National Recreation Area currently maintains four designated campgrounds, including popular Governors Landing. Choose from 15 sites suitable for rental RVs of up to 28 feet long. Most sites treat campers to gorgeous views over the reservoir and are surrounded by low-lying desert flora offering privacy from your neighbors. You'll also enjoy covered picnic tables and grills, as well as access to vault toilets and potable water stations. There are no hookups, which makes RV camping at Amistad National Recreation Area a good option if you're in search of an off-the-grid experience. There's also a dump station near the Diablo East boat ramp for RV rentals.

The 277 North campground offers 17 primitive sites. Spur 406 has just six sites, which makes it great for campers craving R&R. Rough Canyon is another motorhome camping option, offering four RV-friendly sites just steps from the water. All campgrounds are open year-round, with sites issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy dinner under the stars or head to the Amistad Visitor Information Center to join free evening programs. At Governors Landing and 277 North, you can also take part in Coffee with a Ranger programs held from January to March.

Exploring the Area

When RV camping at Amistad National Recreation Area, it's hard to resist the allure of Big Bend National Park. A 200-mile drive west, this Southwest beauty showcases rugged mountains, sunbaked desert, steep limestone cliffs, lush canyons, and bubbling hot springs. Closer to home, Kickapoo Cavern State Park is a one-hour drive away. Mountain bike along challenging trails, explore subterranean caves, and marvel as thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats embark on their evening hunt.

Families love Fort Clark Springs, a lively resort complex 45 minutes southeast of the park in Brackettville. Cool down in the crystalline spring-fed pool, tee off on the 18-hole golf course, and learn about the military heritage at the Old Guardhouse Museum. For gas, groceries, and other motorhome camping essentials, head to Del Rio, the county seat of Val Verde County.

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