Primitive Roadside Campsites— Grapevine Hills

Grapevine Hills Road view
Grapevine Hills Road Vista
 
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Campsite Specifics

Grapevine Hills Primitive Roadside Campsites are located along the gravel Grapevine Hills Road which begins 3 miles west of Panther Junction. Five primitive roadside campsites are located along the Grapevine Hills road.

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 these sites up to 180 days in advance through www.recreation.gov

  • GH-1 is a large site and can accommodate 3 vehicles*, 20 people, no horses.
    NOTICE: COVID-19 Group Size Limits: No more than 8
  • GH-2 and GH-3 are adjoining sites; each can accommodate 2 vehicles*, 6 people, no horses.
    • Maximum vehicle length is 30'
  • GH-4 and GH-5 can accommodate 2 vehicles, 6 people, no horses.
    • Maximum vehicle length is 25'
      No Trailers at GH-4 and GH-5

*NOTE: A trailer is considered a vehicle for site capacities.

 

Directions

Grapevine Hills road is an improved dirt road 3.3 miles west of Panther Junction. Five primitive roadside campsites are located along the Grapevine Hills road. GH-1 is 0.3 miles down the dirt road. GH-2 and GH-3 are adjoining sites located 3.8 miles down the dirt road. GH-4 and GH-5 are are located at the end of the dirt road.

 

Road Conditions

Grapevine Hills Road is usually accessible to all vehicles except after rain when it may require high clearance or 4-wheel drive past GH-1. Beyond the Grapevine Hills trailhead (mile 6.4), the road becomes very rough and rocky, and requires at minimum a sturdy high clearance vehicle.

 

Vegetation

There is no shade at any of these campsites. There is minimal ground cover surrounding GH-1, GH-2, and GH-3. Moderate ground cover and low shrubs border GH-4 and GH-5 due to increased vegetation near Grapevine Spring.

 

Views

The Chisos Mountains can be seen from the entire length of the road. Government Spring is located near GH-1. There are good views of the Grapevine Hills and distant Rosillos Mountains from GH-2,3,4,5. Good sunset views of the Deadhorse and Sierra del Carmen from GH-4 and GH-5.

Remarks

There is no surface water at Grapevine Springs. The Grapevine Hills Trail is located along the east side of the road. This beautiful trail leads through a boulder strewn valley to a balanced rock formation.

Campsite Photos

 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 1
Grapevine Hills Campsite 1 (GH-1)
 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 2
Grapevine Hills Campsite 2 (GH-2)
 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 3
Grapevine Hills Campsite 3 (GH-3)
 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 4 access road
Grapevine Hills Campsite 4 (GH-4) access road
 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 4
Grapevine Hills Campsite 4
 
Grapevine Hills Campsite 5 (GH-5)
Grapevine Hills Campsite 5 (GH-5)

Last updated: September 11, 2020

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