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The Elephant Tusk primitive campsite is located three miles up the Black Gap from the River Road. Site Name EL-1Vehicles 1Persons 6Horses no How to Get ThereThe turn-off for the Black Gap Road is 21 miles from the east end of the River Road and 29.6 miles from the west end. The Elephant Tusk campsite is approximately 3 miles north on the Black Gap Road.Usual Road ConditionsHigh clearance vehicles required. After any rain, 4-wheel drive is also required. The Black Gap road is no longer maintained and is very rough—extreme caution is required.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade available. Gravel ground cover.ViewsExcellent view of Elephant Tusk Mountain. Good view of Mariscal Mountain. This site is across the road from the Elephant Tusk trailhead.River AccessNone. Cautionary NotesCheck current road conditions with a ranger. 4-wheel drive is required after any rain. To 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.RemarksThis campsite is near the road (east side) and is across from the Elephant Tusk trailhead. This site is small. The site is easiest to approach from the south along the River Road, as opposed to coming from the north via the Glenn Spring Road.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.
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