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 Campsites— La Noria
Each of these sites can accommodate one vehicle, 6 people, no horses.
La Noria primitive campsites (LA-1 & LA-2) are located along the Old Ore Road, 4.9 miles from the main paved road to Rio Grande Village. The short access road is 0.4 mile north of the Ernst Tinaja turnoff.
Old Ore Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes very rutted and may require 4-wheel drive. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.
There is no shade at La Noria. Creosote, ocotillo, and lechuguilla surround the sites.
LA-1—good views of Chilicotal Mountain and the Deadhorse mountains.
LA-2—great views of the Chisos, Deadhorse, and Chilicotal Mountains.
Check current road conditions with a ranger. A wash north of the Ernst Tinaja turnoff is deep and sandy and requires careful driving.
Scattered remains of the La Noria settlement are near the La Noria campsites. Photograph, but don’t collect any historic items.
Did You Know?
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who carved the presidential figures into Mount Rushmore, briefly considered a similiar project on the walls of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. This idea, was quickly abandoned. More...