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The Black Dike primitive campsite is located along the river near the west end of the River Road.Site Name BD-1Vehicles 2Persons 10Horses no How to Get ThereThe Black Dike campsite is located along the West River Road, 10.7 miles from the west end near Castolon, or 43.3 miles from the east end near Rio Grande Village. There is a short 0.1 mile access road to the campsite.Usual Road ConditionsThe River Road is maintained for High-Clearance Vehicles only. After rains, the River Road is extremely muddy and may quickly become impassable to ALL vehicles. Four-wheel drive may be required. Check current road conditions with a ranger.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeThis campsite is located within the flood plain of the Rio Grande. There is thick riparian vegetation and shade from mesquite trees. This is one the shadiest sites along the entire River Road.ViewsAlthough the thick riparian vegetation obscures any view of the river, there are nice desert and mountain views to the north.River AccessEasy access to the river via a 1-minute walk through the heavy brush. This campsite is popular with fishing parties because of the easy river access.Cautionary NotesTo minimize the possibility of theft, secure belongings when away from the campsite and while sleeping. Do not leave site unattended for long periods of time.RemarksCheck current road conditions with a ranger. 4-wheel drive is required after any rain.Area is frequented by passers by and Mexican residents.A backcountry use permit is required (available at visitor centers). Campers are responsible for regulations listed on the permit. Camping is in designated sites for minimal impact on the surrounding vegetation.
Last visited in late February 2013. The site is sandy, offers shade, and even has some logs to sit on. Because it is down low there are no views from the camping area itself, but a short, easy walk up a small hill has a nice open spot with decent views in all directions. All in all, my favorite site along River Road West.Sorry, all my pics of this site are larger than 600 and, despite Richard's attempts to explain, I don't know how to down size them.
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