Primitive Roadside Campsites— River Road

Mariscal Mine
Mariscal Mine

NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou

 

River Road traverses the southern portion of Big Bend, providing a great opportunity to see the remote backcountry of this park. Midway are the ruins of Mariscal Mine. This former mercury mine is a marvel to explore, as numerous structures are still standing.

Allow a full day (5–7 hours) to explore this 51 mile-long road. Backcountry campsites along the drive (permit required for camping) allow for extended exploration. This road is for high clearance vehicles only, and may become impassable following rain.
 

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Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129

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