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— Ernst Basin
Ernst Basin (EB-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 10 people, no horses.
Ernst Basin (EB-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 10 miles from the southern end and 16.4 miles from the northern end. Willow Tank campsite (WT-1) is 0.1 mile north of EB-1.
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 EB-1. Common plants are yucca, creosote, candelilla, and lechuguilla. The campsite is protected on the north side by a low hill.
Good views of the Chisos Mountains and the Deadhorse Mountains.
Javelina frequent this area due to the water. Keep coolers and all food in your vehicle, including trash.
Did You Know?
The frontier economy of Big Bend relied heavily on fur trading. Furs included, fox, bobcat, coyote, skunk, and ringtail, but there were also a few beaver, javelina, and panther pelts, and some goat and deer hides. The price of pelts varied, but normally was from 40¢ to $1.00 each. More...