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— Paint Gap
Paint Gap Campsites
View photos of Paint Gap primitive roadside campsites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Javelina frequent this area. Secure all food in your vehicle, including coolers. Pick up all trash. Javelina become aggressive around food.
Did You Know?
The landscape of Big Bend National Park appears to lie stable and quiet, yet the relentless force of erosion continues to wear down the mountains. In 1987 the late evening silence was shattered by a rumbling rockslide, heard for miles. A large scar on the Santiago Mountains marks the spot. More...