This is unlike any other place in Texas. You have mountains, desert, wild critters. You don’t have lakes or rivers (until you get to the Rio Grande), spotty cell phone service, and even spottier WiFi. You are pretty much off the grid.
The Chisos Mountain Lodge is the place to stay if you want a roof over your head and air conditioning. It also has the only restaurant in the park. There is an RV park at the Rio Grande Village. The tent campground at Chisos Mountain has toilets and water, but no electric, no hot showers. There are many other primitive back country campsites around the park. Get a map and info at the visitor’s center at Panther Junction.
Rather than try to describe the beauty of this place, here are some pictures. See for yourself.
Critters: Mary got pictures of a deer family calmly visiting the parking area of the Chisos Lodge. The day before we got there a momma bear and two cubs strolled through the same parking lot. Rattlesnakes are common, especially in the back country. The rarest wild critters are mountain lions. There are only two dozen in the park, and we got to see one. He was standing on the main park road, and darted away as we approached in our car before we could get a picture.