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    Big Bend

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Primitive Roadside Campsites— Croton Springs

Croton Spring Primitive Campsites
Croton Spring Primitive Roadside Campsites
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
Campsite Specifics
Croton Spring 1 (CS-1) and Croton Spring 2 (CS-2) can each accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
 
Directions
Croton Spring Road is a short, one-mile improved dirt road located nine miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center. Two campsites share a large cleared area at the end of the road.
 
Road Conditions
Croton Spring Road is generally in good condition and accessible to all vehicles. After rains the road may become deeply rutted. Beyond the campsite area, a gate restricts further vehicle access. You may walk the eroded roadway into Croton Wash.
 
Vegetation
There is no shade at either of the Croton Spring campsites. There is minimal groundcover nearby.
 
Views
Good views of the Chisos Mountains and typical desert terrain. Croton Peak and Slickrock Mountain are visible to the north. Croton Spring and Wash are within short walking distance from the campsite area.
 
Cautions
Javelina frequent this area. Secure all food in your vehicle, including coolers. Javelina can become aggressive around food.
 
Remarks
The campsites are adjacent to each other and share a parking area. These sites are suitable for a larger group by combining the two sites. Croton Spring is a reliable water source for wildlife.

Did You Know?

Hikers cautiously approach the Ernst Tinaja

The largest tinaja found in Big Bend National park, Ernst Tinaja, is about 13-15 feet deep. The floor is covered with small boulders. In the history of the park, it has only been recorded dry once, from March to June of 2000.