Primitive Roadside Campsite— Rice Tank

Rice Tank Campsite
Rice Tank (RT-1) Campsite
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Campsite Specifics

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.

A Backcountry Permit is required to use any backcountry campsite.

Rice Tank primitive roadside campsite is located along the primitive Glenn Springs Road, 4.3 miles from the pavement.

Rice Tank (RT-1) can accommodate 2 vehicles*, 6 people, no horses.

maximum vehicle length is 25'
*NOTE: A trailer is considered a vehicle for site capacities.



Rice Tank primitive roadside campsite is located along the Glenn Spring Road, 4.3 miles from the northern end. A short access road leads to the site.


Road Conditions

Glenn Spring Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Road is rocky and may become rutted or experience wash-outs, especially after heavy rains. Check with a ranger for current conditions.



No shade at this site. The vegetation is sparse creosote and lechuguilla. There is a nearby thicket of vegetation around the old stock tank.



This campsite is located next to an earthen "tank/dam" used to hold water for livestock during early ranching days. There is also an old corral and loading chute for livestock. There are great views of the nearby Chisos Mountains and Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge.



Please help prevent the destruction of historic objects by not climbing on fences or setting up tents on the earthen dam.

Campsite Photos:

View of Rice Tank Campsite
View of Rice Tank Campsite
Rice Tank Scenery
Rice Tank Scenery

Last updated: March 16, 2021

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