• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Primitive Roadside Campsites— Telephone Canyon

Telephone Canyon Junction Sign
Telephone Canyon Junction Sign
NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
 

Campsite Specifics

  • Telephone Canyon 1 (TC-1) can accommodate 1 vehicle, 6 people, no horses.
  • Telephone Canyon 2 (TC-2) can accommodate 2 vehicle, 12 people, no horses.
 
Directions
Telephone Canyon Campsites are located along the Old Ore Road, 14 miles from the southern end, or 12.4 miles from the northern end. There is a 0.25 mile access road on the east side of the Old Ore Road. TC-1 is along the access road/Ore Road junction. TC-2 is at the end of the access road.
 
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.
 
Vegetation
These are shadeless, exposed sites, especially TC-2. TC-1 has lechuguilla, grass, and sotol. TC-2 has creosote, yucca, and candelilla plants.
 
Views
Good views of the Deadhorse mountains and massive limestone cliffs to the east. No other distant views of mountains.
 
Cautions
Telephone Canyon hikers must park off the road, not in the TC-2 site. Only permitted campers may use the TC-2 campsite.
 
Remarks
The primitive Telephone Canyon Trail begins at TC-2 and travels through the Deadhorse Mountains. TC-1 is quite close to the Old Ore Road.

Did You Know?

Signing land deeds at Johnson's Ranch

In 1942 the state of Texas spent $1.5 million dollars to acquire privately-owned lands in the Big Bend area in order to create the park. Paying between $1-5 dollars per acre, the state obtained all but 2% of the original acreage of the park in this manner. More...