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 Campsites— Grapevine Hills
Grapevine Hills Campsites
View photos of Grapevine Hills primitive roadside campsites.
Grapevine Hills road is an improved dirt road 3.3 miles west of Panther Junction. Five primitive roadside campsites are located along the Grapevine Hills road. GH-1 is 0.3 miles down the dirt road. GH-2 and GH-3 are adjoining sites located 3.8 miles down the dirt road. GH-4 and GH-5 are are located at the end of the dirt road.
Grapevine Hills Road is usually accessible to all vehicles except after rain when it may require high clearance or 4-wheel drive past GH-1. Beyond the Grapevine Hills trailhead (mile 6.4), the road is rocky and requires a high clearance vehicle.
There is no shade at any of these campsites. There is minimal ground cover surrounding GH-1, GH-2, and GH-3. Moderate ground cover and low shrubs border GH-4 and GH-5 due to increased vegetation near Grapevine Spring.
The Chisos Mountains can be seen from the entire length of the road. Government Spring is located near GH-1. There are good views of the Grapevine Hills and distant Rosillos Mountains from GH-2,3,4,5. Good sunset views of the Deadhorse and Sierra del Carmen from GH-4 and GH-5.
Did You Know?
Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt visited Big Bend in 1971 to study the regions geology in preparation for their mission to the moon. This was one of four field trips to Big Bend that Apollo astronauts participated in between 1964 and 1971.