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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Primitive Roadside Campsite— Willow Tank

Willow Tank
Willow Tank
Nps Photo/Big Bend National Park
 
Campsite Specifics
Willow Tank (WT-1) can accommodate 1 vehicle, 6 people no horses.
 
Directions
Willow Tank Campsite (WT-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 10 miles from the southern end or 16.4 miles from the northern end. It is 0.1 mile north of Ernst Basin Campsite (EB-1).
 
Road Conditions
Old Ore Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes very rutted and requires 4-wheel drive. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.
 
Vegetation
Willow Tank has no shade during the winter months but in summer, nearby lotebush, mesquite, and guayacan provide limited leaf shade.
 
Views
Good views of the Deadhorse Mountains to the east.
 
Cautions
Javelina frequent this area due to the water. Keep coolers and all food in your vehicle, including trash.
 
Remarks
Willow Tank is named for the large earthen "tank" built by ranchers to provide water to livestock. It is near a natural spring. This is a good site for wildlife observation.

Did You Know?

The Rio Grande forms the international boundary between the United States and Mexico

Including both Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, the National Park Service administers 245 miles of border — 13% of the entire United States-Mexico border. More...