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— Roys Peak Vista
Roys Peak Vista (RP-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
Roys Peak campsite (RP-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 9.3 miles from the northern end or 17.0 miles from the southern end. The access road is 0.1 mile in length from the west side of Old Ore Road.
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. The campsite is somewhat protected from the wind.
Low hills surround the campsite. There is a good view of the Deadhorse Mountains to the east.
The campsite is large with a cul-de-sac turnaround. The remains of an old ranch site with corral, walls, and downed windmill are nearby.
Did You Know?
Below the Rockslide in Santa Elena Canyon is “Smuggler’s Cave.” Of course, it is one of the many legendary sites of hidden treasure in the area of Big Bend National Park. This is unlikely, as it is also too difficult to reach for just an average outlaw "hangout." More...