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 Tinaja
Ernst Tinaja (ET-1) can accommodate two vehicles, 10 people, no horses.
Ernst Tinaja 1 (ET-1) is located near the southern end of Old Ore Road, 4.5 miles north of the paved road. A short, 0.2 mile access road leads to ET-1. A short distance beyond the site is the trailhead.
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.
Great views of the Chisos and nearby hills.
Ernst Tinaja is a popular day-use attraction. Given its close proximity to this campsite, do not leave valuables unattended for long periods of time. Expect frequent passing vehicles.
NPS Photo/Jennette Jurado
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