Fort Lancaster Scenic Overlook Pic Nic Area | Wild Camping

United States

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Altitude:
780.6 masl
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Contributor:
helenefrechette

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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Description

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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Lots of room and three picnic table pavilions in a chip and tar lot. So dark and quiet; good night’s rest. Two other RVs and we were well spaced apart. Lots of dog poop on the ground, so please be courteous and pick up after your pets.

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Must stop here!!! It’s gorgeous with a lot of space and super quiet, there was another rig that pulled in after me. So quiet! So Pretty!! Go out of the way and stop here!!!

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Fantastic location, well away from I-10 that you don't here any highway noise. There were two other motorhomes when I showed up, and plenty of room. Disappointingly I arrived after sunset, as pictures here have indicated a beautiful sunset. The night I stayed it was windy as hell, the cat was worried that we'd be blown over. Mobile service (Google Fi) was solid.

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Didn’t spend the night but this is a large area that is peaceful and beautiful. We have a large rig with a trailer that we have figured out we could back into it but would caution about any large turn around areas. Will stay here another time though!

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What a beautiful overlook! the reviews are true. there are a few covered picnic areas. quiet. one steady bar Verizon. trash cans. met some fellow ioverlanders. slept 12 peaceful hours.

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totally amazing and very quiet. there are 4 picnic sites and space for a few vans or s medium size rigs

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As reported, quite a nice spot. Great views. Quiet at night except for a few cars. Beautiful stars. Too bad there are no bathrooms. Recommend.

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We were here on a Sunday evening only to find the gate is closed, as well as Monday (a closed day).

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Top notch. Beautiful sunsets !! Lots of space. A little windy when we came.

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As described!! Amazing!! Great sunset! Nice views! Very quiet!

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I can’t stress enough how nice this place is.
No bathroom or water but the view is so worth the drive.

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No bathrooms but what a view. Flat ground and tons of space but only a handful of covered picnic table so come early for that and the sunset. Little wifi

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This spot is a boon-dockers paradise. Quiet place not too far off the interstate. We were one of 5 land yachts there and all had plenty of room to spread out and keep to ourselves. Glad we stopped here!

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Love this place!

My Google maps gps was acting squirrelly and sent me to the wrong spot - but I think it’s my personal device - so I didn’t end up rolling in until about 9:30 pm on a Wednesday night and the spot had about 8 other people overlanders of different shapes and sizes in for the night (skoolies, vans, travel trailers, converted shuttle buses, etc.). 2-3 others came in after me.

Everyone is very respectful - travelers keep this place very Tidy and the state (or county?) keeps up with emptying the trash cans.

Cops frequently monitor this place which is great and appreciated on one hand but they shine their bright lights into windows which is annoying on the other hand. . It was a full moon so I kept my curtains open to admire the the landscape and the bright lights blinded me. When I arrived I intentionally turned my lights down and even used just my parking lights to find my spot in order to
Respect my neighbors so the bright lights kind of rubbed me the wrong way haha!

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Beautiful spot. Super quiet. Dark now, so far we have the place to ourselves. No problem towing a 30ft TT. Plenty of room.

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As everyone has said… we arrived around 7p on a Sunday evening and we’re the third ones there. 1 bar of cell service.

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Beautiful spot. 5 of us here tonight. what a view! Very windy. Picnic tables and trash cans.

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Everything has been said but really a great place worth the detour.

Tout a été dit mais vraiment une super belle place qui vaut le détour.

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As described. Great location to get off the highway and spend the night. Very clean.

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Very quiet picnic area a short distance from I-10 off of a loop for easy access back to I-10. We arrived around 5pm and two other travel trailers were already in the lot. It seems like the lot could hold 4 or so trailers. Even though there is sign stating no trailer turn around, you can still maneuver in the lot as long as it isn't too busy. We pulled in between the picnic tables and the guard rail separating the picnic areas and the main road. Both other trailers were parked in similar fashion. Little to no data cell signal in the area.

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hidden little gem for travelers on I10. watch for deer along road.

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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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Great spot at a picnic area. Nice view. we
were the only ones there.

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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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Beautiful view, covered picnic tables with bbq pits. Found in the dark of the night. We had no idea what we would wake up to!! So glad we got the ioverlander app and found this place!

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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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