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— Nine Point Draw
Nine Point Draw (NP-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 8 people. NP-1 can accommodate 4 horses.
This campsite is located near the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station, 22 miles north of Panther Junction. The short access road is on the east side of the main park road.
No shade at this site. The vegetation is sparse creosote and lechuguilla.
Persimmon Gap is visible to the north. There is a great view of Dog Canyon to the east (Nine Point Draw and Bone Spring drain into Dog Canyon after heavy rains). Devil’s Den may be seen as a narrow slot canyon high up to the south of Dog Canyon. The site is hidden from the road by a hill.
This is the closest primitive campsite to the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center. There is adequate turnaround space for RVs. The site allows good access to hiking in Dog Canyon and the technical canyoneering route through Devil’s Den.
Did You Know?
In 1940, the fossilized remains of a gigantic crocodile was discovered in Big Bend National Park. Deinosuchus riograndensis probably hunted by ambush—lying submerged near shore, and violently seizing large dinosaurs as they foraged amid the vegetation of Big Bend's ancient swamps. More...