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.
Gravel Pit campsites are located off of River Road East, 1.8 miles from the main paved road to Rio Grande Village. Campsite access road is 1.4 miles in length.
River Road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only. After rains, River Road and Gravel Pit Road are extremely muddy and may quickly become impassable to all vehicles. Check with a ranger for current conditions.
There is no shade these campsites. Open desert scrub and cactus surrounds a gravel base.
Gravel Pit campsites have beautiful views of the Sierra del Carmen and Sierra San Vicente.
The river bank at the end of the Gravel Pit road is easily accessed. However, it has deep sand and gravel and 2-wheel drive vehicles may get stuck. It is a popular launching point for a day float through Hot Springs Canyon to Rio Grande Village.
It is illegal to cross the river and enter Mexico. Report any contacts with Mexican Nationals to rangers; do not purchase items from vendors. To minimize the possibility of theft, secure belongings when away from these campsites and while sleeping. Do not leave your property unattended for long periods of time.
Last updated: March 16, 2021