Primitive Roadside Campsite— Black Dike

Black Dike Junction Sign
Black Dike Junction Sign

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Black Dike Campsite
View photos of Black Dike (BD-1) primitive roadside campsite.
 
Campsite Specifics
Black Dike (BD-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 10 people, no horses.
 
Directions
Black Dike campsite is located along on River Road West, 10.7 miles from the west end near Castolon, or 43.3 miles from the east end near Rio Grande Village. There is a short 0.1 mile access road to the campsite.
 
Road Conditions
River Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. After rains, River Road is extremely muddy and may quickly become impassable to all vehicles. 4-wheel drive may be required. Always ask a ranger for current conditions.
 
Vegetation
Black Dike campsite is located within the flood plain of the Rio Grande. There is thick riparian vegetation; this is one the shadiest sites along River Road.
 
Views
Although the riparian vegetation obscures any river view, there are nice desert and mountain views to the north.
 
River Access
Easy river access via a 1-minute walk through heavy brush. This is a popular campsite for fishing.
 
Cautions
To minimize the possibility of theft, secure belongings when away from this site. Do not leave the site unattended for long periods of time.
 
Remarks
The forces that erupted the Chisos through thousands of feet of sedimentary rock are evident at Black Dike where a finger of magma (called a dike) once intruded softer rock. That soft rock has eroded away, leaving the blackish basalt standing alone. Black Dike is named for the volcanic dike that crosses the river nearby.

Last updated: December 16, 2013

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