• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Primitive Roadside Campsites— Grapevine Hills

Grapevine Hills Road Vista
Grapevine Hills Road Vista
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
Grapevine Hills Campsites
View photos of Grapevine Hills primitive roadside campsites.
 

Campsite Specifics

  • GH-1 is a large site and can accommodate 3 vehicles, 20 people, no horses.
  • GH-2 and GH-3 are adjoining sites; each can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
  • GH-4 and GH-5 can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
 
Directions
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.
 
Road Conditions
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.
 
Vegetation
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.
 
Views
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?

A vast desert landscape

In 1535, prior to settlement, the Spanish adventurer Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca is credited with being the first European to visit the Big Bend Country. The Spanish had a name for such an area - despoblado, or unpopulated land. More...