Primitive Roadside Campsite— Willow Tank

Willow Tank Primitive Campsite
Willow Tank Primitive Campsite
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Campsite Specifics

Willow Tank (WT-1) can accommodate only 1 vehicle, No Trailers, 6 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.

A Backcountry Permit is required to use this campsite. You can now obtain a backcountry permit for this campsite up to 24 hours in advance of the first night at Panther Junction Visitor Center or Chisos Basin Visitor Center.



Willow Tank Campsite (WT-1) is located along the Old Ore Road, 10 miles from the southern end or 16.4 miles from the northern end. It is 0.1 mile north of the Ernst Basin Campsite (EB-1).


Road Conditions

Old Ore Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Following rains and heavy use, the road becomes very rutted and requires 4-wheel drive. Always ask a park ranger for current road conditions.



Willow Tank has no shade during the winter months but in summer, nearby lotebush, mesquite, and guayacan provide limited leaf shade.



Good views of the Deadhorse Mountains to the east.



Javelina frequent this area. Keep coolers and all food in your vehicle, including trash.



Willow Tank is named for the large earthen "tank" built by ranchers to provide water to livestock. It is near a natural spring. This is a good site for wildlife observation.

Campsite Photos:

Willow tank primitive site
Willow tank primitive site

Last updated: May 1, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129



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