Extreme Water Shortage
Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.
Primitive Roadside Campsite— Candelilla
Candelilla (CA-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 8 people, no horses.
Candelilla (CA-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 1.1 miles from the southern end near Rio Grande Village, or 25.4 miles from the Dagger Flat Auto Trail. This small cul-de-sac campsite is at the end of a 0.1 mile access road.
Old Ore Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes very rutted and requires 4-wheel drive. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.
There is no shade at this campsite. Sparse groundcover includes creosote, candelilla, lechuguilla, and prickly pear cactus.
This site has good views of surrounding low desert hills and the Deadhorse Mountains to the northeast.
Did You Know?
Paisano, a Spanish word meaning countryman or peasant, is also a nickname for the greater roadrunner. Common in Big Bend National Park, the roadrunner's nickname is also the namesake of the park's visitor guide.