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 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.

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

 

Directions

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.

 

Vegetation

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

 

Views

Good views of the Deadhorse Mountains to the east.

 

Cautions

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

 

Remarks

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.

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Willow tank primitive site
Willow tank primitive site

Last updated: September 25, 2020

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

Phone:

432-477-2251

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