The Ernst Tinaja primitive roadside campsite (ET-1) can accommodate up to two vehicles, 10 people, no horses.
Primitive 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.
Ernst Tinaja 1 (ET-1) is located near the southern end of Old Ore Road, 4.5 miles north of the paved road. A short, 0.2 mile access road leads to ET-1. A short distance beyond the site is the trailhead to Ernst Tinaja, an interesting geologic feature.
The Old Ore Road is rough and rocky. It is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes extremely rutted and requires 4-wheel drive. Past the Ernst Tinaja campsite, the Old Ore Road becomes roughter. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.
This campsite provides some great views of the Chisos Mountains and nearby hills.
Ernst Tinaja is a popular day-use attraction. Given its close proximity to this campsite, do not leave valuables unattended for long periods of time. Expect frequent passing vehicles.
This popular site sits at the mouth of a limestone canyon noted for three things: vibrant orange swirling striations in the rocks, fossils of giant oysters, and the Ernst tinaja itself - a 13-foot natural rock pool, also known as a ‘kettle.’ Further up canyon are opportunities for bouldering.
A short distance beyond the campsite is the parking area for the trailhead to Ernst Tinaja. It is about 1/3 mile up the canyon to the tinaja. Do not drink from, or swim in, the tinaja. It is a natural trap for animals when the water level is low as it is often impossible to climb out of. This canyon flash floods during heavy rain events.
Last updated: May 1, 2023