Rattlesnake Mountain 1 (RM-1) is a small campsite that can accommodate 1 vehicle (no trailers), 6 people, no horses.
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.
Rattlesnake Mountain 1 (RM-1) is located on the west side of Old Maverick Road, approximately 3.6 miles from the Maverick Junction. Watch carefully: the turnoff for RM-1 campsite is marked, but can be somewhat difficult to spot.
Old Maverick Road and the gravel access road are both generally well-maintained and accessible to all vehicles. Old Maverick Road becomes slick and rutted after heavy rains and may require high clearance or 4-wheel drive.
There is no shade at this site. Desert vegetation is sparse grasses, creosote, dog cholla, and ocotillo.
Rattlesnake Mountain campsite is located on a plateau with an excellent 360 degree vista of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert and distant mountains.
Always check current road conditions with a ranger. RM-1 is not recommended when heavy rain is forecast. Rainfall can quickly eliminate access into and out of the campsite.
Last updated: November 4, 2020