Yarborough Pass, Padre Island, TX

Padre Island National Seashore

National Park Service

Free Camping on Padre Island, TX

Yarborough Pass is a primitive camping area located along the Laguna Madre. It is accessed by driving down South Beach for approximately 15 miles then traversing on a high clearance four-wheel drive sand and caliche road for 1.6 miles. There are four campsites with shade structures, but dispersed beach camping is also allowed.


Padre Island National Seashore

National Park Service

Malaquite Visitor Center

Tel: (361) 949-8068


GPS: 27.20434, -97.38929

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: Yes

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: Shade structures

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Yarborough Pass, Padre Island, TX

You will drive about 15 miles from the entrance to South Beach, and just before you reach mile marker 15, you will see the road on your right taking you to Yarborough Pass. Keep your eyes open because you can easily miss it.

The first half of this road is soft sand, and you absolutely must have 4WD to get through it. After that, the road becomes much more firm.

You do not have to camp where the four shade structures are, though these structures are designed perfectly for tying hammocks up to. You can still disperse camp along the beach.

In our experience, it’s very peaceful here. Very few people camp here, though there are some who come here just to look around. We found that it can get very windy here too.

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