Primitive Roadside Campsite— Ernst Basin

Ernst Basin Primitive Campsite
Ernst Basin Primitive Roadside Campsite
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Campsite Specifics

Ernst Basin Primitive Campsite (EB-1) can accommodate up to 10 people, 2 vehicles, no trailers, no horses.

  • Maximum vehicle length is 25'
  • No trailers.

Primitive roadside sites offer nice views, solitude, and a small flat gravel space to set up camp next to your vehicle. No shade, toilets, or other amenities are provided. The use of generators is prohibited in the backcountry.

You can now obtain a backcountry permit to use this site up to 180 days in advance through



Ernst Basin (EB-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 10 miles from the southern end and 16.4 miles from the northern end. Willow Tank campsite (WT-1) is 0.1 mile north of EB-1.


Road Conditions

Old Ore Road is very rough and rocky. It is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes very rutted and requires 4-wheel drive. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.



There is no shade at EB-1 campsite. Common plants are yucca, creosote, candelilla, and lechuguilla. The campsite is protected on the north side by a low hill.



Good views of the Chisos Mountains and the Deadhorse Mountains.



Javelina may frequent this area. Always keep coolers and all food in your vehicle, including trash.

Campsite Photos:

View from Ernst Basin Primitive Campsite
View from the Ernst Basin Primitive Campsite

Last updated: October 26, 2021

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PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park , TX 79834-0129



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