There are five primitive roadside campsites, (PC #1-5) located along the gravel Pine Canyon Road.
You can now obtain a backcountry permit to use these sites up to 180 days in advance through www.recreation.gov
Site Capacity and Limits
*NOTE: A trailer is considered a vehicle for site capacities.
DirectionsPine Canyon primitive roadside campsites are located along the Pine Canyon Road via the Glenn Spring Road. Pine Canyon Road begins 2.3 miles from the junction of the Glenn Spring Road and the main road to Rio Grande Village. The Pine Canyon Road is 4.2 miles in length.
Road ConditionsGlenn Spring Road and Pine Canyon Road are maintained for high clearance vehicles only. Roads are rocky and may become rutted or experience wash-outs, especially after heavy rains.Traveling this road with trailers is NOT recommended. Check with a ranger for current conditions.
These campsites are in the open desert. No shade at these sites. Vegetation is sparse grasses and lechuguilla. Pine Canyon proper is accessed via a 2-mile hike from the end of this road.
Great views of the Chisos Mountains are available from all sites. Views of Crown Mountain and the Sierra del Carmen are especially scenic.
Day hikers may park vehicles near the gate at the end of the road. The road may be frequently travelled throughout the day. Lock and secure your vehicle and campsite while away.
Pine Canyon trail, located at the end of the road at the old gate, is moderate for the first mile and a half. The last half mile of trail is difficult and steep over loose gravels. The trail ends below a high pouroff that flows only after a rain. The canyon is named for its ponderosa pines. The pine/oak forest here is a relict of the last ice age!
Last updated: October 26, 2021