• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Primitive Roadside Campsites— K-Bar

Wildflowers
Wildflowers along K-Bar Road.
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
K-Bar Campsites
View photos of K-Bar primitive roadside campsites.
 

Campsite Specifics

  • K-Bar 1 (KB-1) can accomodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
  • K-Bar 2 (KB-2) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, 4 horses.
 
Directions
K-Bar road is located 2 miles east of the Panther Junction Visitor Center along the road to Rio Grande Village. The gravel road passes an old ranch house (now a research station). KB-1 is one mile from the pavement, KB-2 is at the far end of the road.
 
Road Conditions
K-Bar Road is generally well-maintained and accessible to all passenger vehicles. Following rains, the road can become very rutted and high clearance vehicles may be recommended.
 
Vegetation
There is no shade at either of the K-Bar campsites; vegetation is sparse desert scrub.
 
Views
Good view of the Chisos Mountains to the northwest. The Sierra del Carmen and Deadhorse Mountains can be seen in the distant east; they are beautiful at sunset. Both sites offer great panoramic views of the desert and surrounding mountain ranges, including Panther and Pommel Peaks towards the southwest.
 
Cautions
Javelina frequent this area. Secure all food in your vehicle, including coolers. Pick up all trash. Javelina become aggressive around food.
 
Remarks
Power lines and water storage tank are visible from the road. All water for Panther Junction is pumped from an aquifer near K-Bar. A primitive hiking route to Banta Shut-in begins near the KB-2 campsite area.

Did You Know?

The Rio Grande Village store

At 1,850 feet (564m), Rio Grande Village is the lowest point in Big Bend National Park. Because of its elevation and the surrounding landscape, Rio Grande Village often experiences strong winds. During the winter there can be a 50 degree difference between high and low temperatures. More...