Primitive Roadside Campsites— River Road

Elephant Tusk Primitive Campsite
Elephant Tusk Roadside Campsite
 

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.

You Will Need A High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Vehicle
A high clearance 4WD vehicle is defined as a SUV or truck type vehicle, with at least 15 inch tire rims or more, with a low gear transfer case, designed for heavier type use than a standard passenger vehicle, with at least 8 inches of clearance or more from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential, to the ground, also including a means to mechanically power both, front and real wheels at the same time.
You will NOT be able to access these campsites with a passenger car, mini-van, RV, or trailer.

 
River Road primitive campsites
Primitive Campsites along the River Road
 
 
 

Last updated: March 11, 2021

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