Primitive Roadside Campsites— Gravel Pit

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Gravel Pit Campsites
View photos of Gravel Pit primitive roadside campsites.

Campsite Specifics

  • Gravel Pit 1 (GP-1) and Gravel Pit 2 (GP-2) can each accommodate 2 vehicles, 10 people, no horses.
  • Gravel Pit 3 (GP-3) can accommodate 2 vehicles, 12 people, no horses.
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.
Road Conditions
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.
River Access
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 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: December 16, 2013

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