Primitive Roadside Campsites— K-Bar

Views along the K-Bar Road
Views along the K-Bar Road
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Campsite Specifics

  • K-Bar 1 (KB-1) is a small site. It can accommodate 2 vehicles*, 6 people, no horses.
    Maximum length vehicle is 25'. No trailers longer than 20'

  • K-Bar 2 (KB-2) can accommodate 2 vehicles*, 6 people, 4 horses.
    Maximum length vehicle is 30'

*NOTE: A trailer is considered a vehicle for site capacities.

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 these sites up to 180 days in advance through



K-Bar road is located 2 miles east of the Panther Junction Visitor Center along the road to Rio Grande Village. The gravel road passes an old ranch house (now a research station). KB-1 is one mile from the pavement, KB-2 is at the far end of the road.


Road Conditions

K-Bar Road is generally well-maintained and accessible to all passenger vehicles. Following rains, the road can become very rutted and high clearance vehicles may be recommended.


There is no shade at either of the K-Bar campsites; vegetation is sparse desert scrub.


Good view of the Chisos Mountains to the northwest. The Sierra del Carmen and Deadhorse Mountains can be seen in the distant east; they are beautiful at sunset. Both sites offer great panoramic views of the desert and surrounding mountain ranges, including Panther and Pommel Peaks towards the southwest.


Javelina frequent this area. Secure all food in your vehicle, including coolers. Pick up all trash. Javelina become aggressive around food.


Power lines and water storage tank are visible from the road. All water for Panther Junction is pumped from an aquifer near K-Bar. A primitive hiking route to Banta Shut-in begins near the KB-2 campsite area.
K-Bar Campsite 1
K-Bar Campsite 1
K-Bar Campsite 1
K-Bar Campsite 1 is a small site.
K-Bar campsite 2
K-Bar campsite 2

Last updated: August 17, 2022

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