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— Willow Tank
Willow Tank (WT-1) can accommodate 1 vehicle, 6 people no horses.
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).
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.
Willow Tank has no shade during the winter months but in summer, nearby lotebush, mesquite, and guayacan provide limited leaf shade.
Good views of the Deadhorse Mountains to the east.
Javelina frequent this area due to the water. Keep coolers and all food in your vehicle, including trash.
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.
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