Frijole Ranch, McKittrick Canyon and Williams Ranch Rd - CLOSED
McKittrick Canyon, Frijole Ranch and the Williams Ranch Road are all closed due to high water levels. Dark Canyon Rd (Highway 408) leading to Dog Canyon is also closed. For more information, call the Pine Springs Visitors center at 915-828-3251
NPS Photo - Cookie Ballou
To access Williams Ranch, check out a gate key at the Headquarters Visitor Center (Pine Springs). Only 4X4, high ground clearance vehicles are allowed along this rough, one-lane, dirt road. From Pine Springs drive west on highway 62/180 for 8.3 miles to a brown metal gate off the north side of the highway. The gate has a National Park Service arrowhead logo and an AT&T warning sign on it. The drive is 7.3 miles, one way, and takes approximately one hour. Drive through the gate and lock it behind you. Drive 0.75 miles north to another gate, and again lock it behind you. This is a day use area; overnight parking/camping is not allowed. Please return the key to the Headquarters Visitor Center after completing your tour.
Please carry water, food, first aid kit, and sun protection. Make sure you have a jack and a good spare tire.
Did You Know?
The long narrow leaves of the desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) gives it its common name, but it is not a true willow. It is beautiful when in bloom, and provides valuable nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other insects.