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Primitive Roadside Campsite— McKinney Spring

McKinney Spring Primitive Roadside Campsite
McKinney Spring Primitive Roadside Campsite
NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
Campsite Specifics
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.
Road Conditions
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?

The Comanche Trail passed through Persimmon Gap

While exploring the Big Bend in 1849, U.S. Army Captain Richard Whiting crossed the Comanche Trail and later reported: "We struck a large Comanche path. Close together twenty-five deep-worn and much used trails made this a great road, by which each year the Comanches desolate Durango and Chihuahua." More...