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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Primitive Roadside Campsites— Paint Gap

Paint Gap Road
Paint Gap Road
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
Paint Gap Campsites
View photos of Paint Gap primitive roadside campsites.
 

Campsite Specifics

  • Paint Gap 1 (PG-1) can accommodate 1 vehicle, 4 people, no horses.
  • Paint Gap 2 (PG-2) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
  • Paint Gap 3 (PG-3) can accommodate 1 vehicles, 4 people, no horses.
  • Paint Gap 4 (PG-4) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
 
Directions
Paint Gap Road is 6 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center along the north side of the main park road (Route 13). PG-1 is one mile down the improved dirt road. PG-4 is four miles down the road. High clearance is required beyond PG-3.
 
Road Conditions
Paint Gap Hills road is generally in good condition and accessible to all vehicles up to campsite PG-3. Beyond that high clearance is required at all times. The road is very rocky and rutted where it enters Paint Gap and may require 4-wheel drive to reach the ranch site located beyond PG-4.
 
Vegetation
There is no shade at these campsites. Thick vegetation near PG-2 and PG-3 provides some cover. PG-4 is in the "gap" with some shade in early morning or late evening.
 
Views
Good views of the Chisos Mountains from PG-1,2,3. Nice views of Paint Gap Hills from PG-2,3,4. Dripping Spring and an old ranch site are located at the end of the road beyond the "gap". A wide array of color is visible in Tornillo Creek to the north.
 
Cautions
Javelina frequent this area. Secure all food in your vehicle, including coolers. Pick up all trash. Javelina become aggressive around food.
 

Remarks
PG-2 and PG-3 are adjacent sites with separate parking areas.

Remnants of an old ranch site are located at the end of Paint Gap Road. Not much is left today except some fencing, a trough, a crumbling stone ruin, and assorted historic debris scattered among the cresosote. The ranching period ended with the establishment of Big Bend National Park.

Did You Know?

Sotol grasslands

Sotol is a plant found in the middle elevations of Big Bend National Park. The sotol plant is a crowded cluster of ribbonlike leaves up to three feet long, with sawtooth margins. In April and May, the plants produce a stalk 10-20 feet high which gives sotol a second name - Desert Candle. More...