• 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
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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.
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.
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?

The Comanche Trail passed through Persimmon Gap

While exploring the Big Bend in 1849, U.S. Army Captain Richard Whiting crossed the Comanche Trail and later reported: "We struck a large Comanche path. Close together twenty-five deep-worn and much used trails made this a great road, by which each year the Comanches desolate Durango and Chihuahua." More...