Fort Lancaster Scenic Overlook Pic Nic Area | Wild Camping

United States

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Last Visited: 2 months ago
GPS: 30.678309, -101.672916
Altitude: 780.6 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes

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iOverlander cannot verify if wild camping is permitted at this location. It is your responsibility to verify local laws or obtain consent before staying the night.

get off Route 10 for a few miles. This is worth the trip ... Beautiful view of the valley, beautiful pitches with table and bbq, white rocks. We were completely alone one night. super quiet and free. In addition the sheep come to graze. Strong Verizon 4g. Be careful (at night) after you exit 10... posted speed limit is still 70 but there are deer everywhere.
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sortez de la Route 10 pour quelques milles. Cela vaut le détour...Vue magnifique sur la vallée, beaux emplacements avec table et bbq, sur roches blanches. Nous avons été une nuit complètement seuls. super tranquille et gratuit. En plus les moutons viennent brouter.

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Great location to spend the night while traveling through West Texas. Totally worth the 8 mile detour off I-10. We arrived well after dark with no issues. Road is good and paved the whole way. We did keep eye out for deer because of the warnings in other posts and we did see about 3 deer but they were all on the side of the road. We also saw a bunny but no sheep. We woke up to a marvelous view in the morning! We ate breakfast at one of the picnic tables. There were two other vehicles parked for the night. We went to the fort in the morning which is good if you are very interested in Texas history. They charge $4 per adult at the historic site but you can get in free for veterans or active military.

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Great spot! Fairly level, covered picnic tables, trash bins, Great sunset views. Best of all a steady wind making the Texas heat tolerable. Easily reached from I-10. No other cars even came by.

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Awesome historic spot at a scenic overlook, with picnic tables and trash bins. Close to a road but maybe 5 cars drove by the 12 hours we were there.

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The views at this place were amazing, would definitely camp here again. We were approached by a kind sheriff that informed us about the high volume of human and drug trafficking in the area, that the road this rest area is on is a hub for it. It's only 100 miles from the border. Other than that it was a really nice place to camp, had garbage cans and covered pavilions. Very little traffic, only one other rv parked there. Very windy but it was welcome against the TX heat.

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Picnic area, right off the road. Not much traffic, but very windy tonight. Beautiful view!

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Beautiful scenic parking area. Loved the view in the morning. one other van overnight. Lots of space and quiet overnight. As described the night sky view is excellent. We made a brief stop at the Lancaster Fort a few miles further down the road. Interesting local historical landmark.

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Super clean and quite. As described . Didn’t see to many deer coming in though. Few cars when we pulled in but each got their own picnic table / trash/bbq. Woke to a cool view

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Great spot. What other people said. I arrived at night. I’d recommend driving 45 mph down the road because of deer, but otherwise, not a problem to get here after dark. Super quiet, just a few other vans here. Stars were amazing and beautiful view to wake up to in the morning.

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Wow. So simple, you’d be likely to pass it by, but I’m so glad we stopped. I haven’t been this close to Orion since I was at the Planetarium as a kid. So silent, the only thing I could hear for miles was my own ears ringing. Thank you, Night!

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Stayed here overnight. Nice overlook , off a scenic route so not too much car traffic at night. Nice picnic tables plus garbage. GreT for an overnight stay on the drive in tx!

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This location is my 'go-to' overnight stopping point between my home in the Hill Country west of Austin and my land outside of Big Bend NP. It is almost always clean (by the same folks to take care of the nearby Rest Areas on I-10). It is also very quiet. On a typical weeknight, there might be less than a half-dozen cars passing by on the nearby road (TX 290), with slightly more on the weekend.
It is, in reality, one long, paved parking lot with a view. There is a high, chain-link fence on the uphill side that separates the area from the nearby ranch property. The downhill side is protected by a cliff that drops sharply to the road below, which descends on a shelf down to the Pecos River valley below. There are 4 covered, concrete picnic tables, each with a grill and a trash can. These are spaced out nicely, leaving room to park several rigs between. Verizon service is 2 bars 4G LTE.

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Beautiful sunsets and a great view. Highly recommend it. It can get a bit gusty up here though.

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Has everything but power and running water

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Amazing view! We got to see the sheep. Very quiet. Highly recommend.

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Truly beautiful! Between last night and this morning saw at least 50 sheep, beautiful sunset, beautiful sunrise, clear starry night! Highly recommended

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Worth it. Quiet night beautiful stars and No people. Worth the trip off I-10. No issues. Just natural views and no lights anywhere.

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Nice to have 4 shelters, and garbage cans plus a charcoal grill.

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Nice stop for the night. very quiet. Historical area ad you can read in the other comments.

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Amazing spot!! Didn’t spend the night here, but definitely somewhere I’d car camp at in the future. Incredible view.

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Just as described. Perfect place to spend the night. Quiet and clean.

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Easy to access, large level area with a few covered picnic tables and trash cans

Great stop for a quiet night.

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It’s a bit far off the i10, so if it’s dark I recommend going to the rest area or the truck stop a little farther down the interstate. This was a great spot to stop for me as I arrived an hour and a half before sunset — beautiful and a lovely crescent moon rise shortly afterward. A nice break from parking lots if you can make the most of it and arrive before dark. Eat in Fort Stockton if your heading east — or be stocked with your dinner. You won’t find anything on the way after that. 2 bars of Verizon LTE once you reach the picnic area.

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All reviews are accurate. No bathrooms but there's a very bare visitor center for the actual fort 1.5 miles away.

Stayed 2 nights. Trash team came and said they're there 3 nights a week in winter. Didn't seem bothered we were camping at all. Only had one other vehicle stay the night on our second night but had about a dozen pull in and leave, mostly to stretch legs and strap things down. Do all you can to get here before dark - sunset is breathtaking with the view and the deer are no joke.

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worth it!
amazing view and clean &quiet.
fort 45min walk or 6min drive

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A bit run down but not horrible. The roofs and tables a bit due for an update but all usable. TZazaXzhe àview is amazing

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As described, nice flat spot with plenty of free parking. nice covered picnic tables and trash cans. View looking over the valley. Didn't see any sheep 😁 We got here about 5pm and parked so our Winnebago View had a nice view. Had a nice quiet night. Never saw another vehicle pull in here.

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great place, with great view. we stayed here one night. There are trash and a BBQ spots.

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About 18 miles off I10 if you’re driving east. If you’re driving in at night, be super aware of the deer! There is a lot crossing the road!! Fantastic place to stay for the night or maybe even longer. We were the only one parked there. Definitely the prettiest we passed on the 10 in Texas. Verizon does not get good service though.

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Beautiful views and very peaceful. Covered picnic tables but no other services.

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Wonderful views, free, quiet, a few sheep, great sunset. Tight to turn around.

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sortez de la Route 10 pour quelques milles. Cela vaut le détour...Vue magnifique sur la vallée, beaux emplacements avec table et bbq, sur roches blanches. Nous avons été une nuit complètement seuls. super tranquille et gratuit. En plus les moutons viennent brouter.

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