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— McKinney Spring
McKinney Spring (MS-1) can accomodate 2 people, 6 vehicles, no horses.
McKinney Spring campsite (MS-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 7.3 miles from the northern end or 19.0 miles from the southern end. The access road is 50 yards long.
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 this campsite. Vegetation includes creosote, lechuguilla, grasses, and shrubby mesquite. There is a small grove of cottonwood trees 0.25 miles up the nearby drainage.
Great views of the Chisos Mountains to the southwest. The campsite is in a small valley which offers wind protection.
Javelina frequent this area due to the water source. Please keep all food and coolers in your vehicle.
The campsite is in a small valley near the McKinney Spring creekbed. The site is protected from wind. The wash downstream of the site leads to Tornillo Creek after a few miles.
Did You Know?
Extirpated by hunting in the 1930s, the black bear returned naturally to Big Bend National Park in the late 1980s. Today the Chisos Mountains are home to a population of 12-15 black bear. More...