Primitive Roadside Campsite— Twisted Shoe

Along the Juniper Canyon Road
Along the Juniper Canyon Road to Twisted Shoe campsite
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Campsite Specifics

Twisted Shoe (TS-1) can accommodate 1 vehicle (no trailers), 4 people, no horses.

  • Maximum vehicle length is 25'
  • NO Trailers.

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

This primitive backcountry site is not designed to accommodate RVs and trailers. You will not be able to access this site with a camper van, RV, or trailer.

You can now obtain a backcountry permit to use this site up to 180 days in advance through



Twisted Shoe is located along the Juniper Canyon Road via the Glenn Spring Road. Juniper Canyon Road begins 6.8 miles from the junction of the Glenn Spring Road and the main road to Rio Grande Village.

This is a rough, backcountry road that requires high clearance vehicles to safely negotiate. After rains, 4-wheel drive may be required.

It takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the campsite from the paved road. Do not attempt to find the campsite in the dark.


Road Conditions

The 5.3 mile (8.5km) Juniper Canyon road is very rocky and generally requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle.


There is no shade at this campsite. Moderate ground cover surrounds the site.


Great views of the desert and rugged mountains. The South Rim is visible to the west. Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are visible to the south.


A trailhead for the Juniper Canyon Trail and Dodson Trail is located at the end of the dirt road past Twisted Shoe. Lock and secure your vehicle while away.


Nice view from this remote site, especially the night sky, and there is very little traffic. There is a bear proof storage box at the site.

Campsite Photos:

Twisted Shoe Campsite
Twisted Shoe Campsite
Twisted Shoe Campsite
Twisted Shoe Campsite
Twisted Shoe Scenic view
Twisted Shoe Scenic view

Last updated: August 28, 2020

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Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129



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