Primitive Roadside Campsites— Glenn Springs

Glenn Springs Draw
Glenn Springs Draw

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Glenn Springs Campsites
View photos of Glenn Springs primitive roadside campsites.
Campsite Specifics
Glenn Springs campsites (GS-1 and GS-2) can each accommodate 2 vehicles, 8 people, no horses.
Glenn Spring is located 8.8 miles from the north end of the Glenn Spring Road. GS-1 is 0.2 miles along the 4x4 Black Gap Road. GS-2 is located directly along the Glenn Spring Road just south of the historic area.
Road Conditions
The section of road south of the Juniper Canyon Road is extremely rough and crosses solid bedrock for approximately 0.5 miles. This is a slow-going section of road. The Black Gap Road leading to GS-1 is 4-wheel drive only and is not maintained.
There is no shade at the campsites. GS-2 is in the open with great views. GS-1 has surrounding vegetation that offers wind protection and privacy.
There is a good view of the Chisos Mountains to the northwest. Glenn Spring is located near an early 1900s historic site, and is a fairly reliable source of water year-round. Scattered remnants of structures and a cemetery are still evident at Glenn Springs. The colorful badlands of Glenn Draw lie southeast of the historic area.
Scattered ruins and a spring make exploring this area interesting, but beware of broken glass and metal fragments. Do not attempt Black Gap Road unless you are experienced driving in extreme road conditions and you have a high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle in good condition.
Glenn Springs was the location of a candelilla wax factory and a ranch site due to the year-round presence of water. In 1916, bandits raided the site and several soldiers were murdered. After that, the site was only intermittently occupied. A cemetery (unrelated to the raid), as well as other historic structures, are located there.

Last updated: October 28, 2014

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