Primitive Roadside Campsites— Terlingua Abajo

Pottery Remnants
Pottery Remnants at the Terlingua Abajo Ruins

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Terlingua Abajo Campsites
View photos of the Terlingua Abajo primitive roadside campsites.
Campsite Specifics
Terlingua Abajo 1 (TA-1), Terlingua Abajo 2 (TA-2) and Terlingua Abajo 3 (TA-3) can each accommodate 2 vehicles, 8 people, no horses.
Terlingua Abajo campsites are located off of Old Maverick Road, 3 miles from the southern end near Santa Elena Canyon, or 10 miles from the northern end near the Maverick Entrance Station. The access road is 1.7 miles in length.
Road Conditions
Old Maverick and the gravel access road are both generally well-maintained and accessible to all vehicles throughout the year, but may become rutted after heavy rains and may require high clearance or 4-wheel drive.
There is no shade at the Terlingua Abajo sites. Vegetation is sparse desert grasses, creosote, and dog cholla.
Sites have incredible Chihuahuan Desert vistas in all directions, and impressive views of the limestone cliffs of Mesa de Anguila.
To prevent theft, secure belongings when away from your site. Always check current road conditions with a ranger. These campsites are not recommended when heavy rain is forecast. Rainfall can quickly eliminate access into and out of these campsites.
Nearby Terlingua Creek usually has some water. This water is not potable and not recommended for human consumption. Ruins of the old farming community of Terlingua Abajo are across the creekbed. A primitive route to Bruja Canyon begins at Terlingua Abajo.

Last updated: December 16, 2013

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