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The Big Bend Review => Backcountry Campsites => Topic started by: RichardM on February 04, 2013, 04:35:58 PM
The Elephant Tusk primitive campsite is located three miles up the Black Gap from the River Road.
Site Name EL-1
How to Get There
The 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 Conditions
High 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 The Black Gap road is no longer maintained and is very rough—extreme caution is required.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...
No shade available. Gravel ground cover.
Excellent view of Elephant Tusk Mountain. Good view of Mariscal Mountain. This site is across the road from the Elephant Tusk trailhead.
Check 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.
This 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.
Current info: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/campsite_elephanttusk.htm
I drove my 2012 Tacoma 2wd to the Elephant Tusk trailhead on March 1st by way of River Road East and the first 5 miles of Black Gap Road. It took about 2 hours each way, not rushing it, so it was 50-mile round trip from the blacktop. Great road and a very enjoyable experience. Left my truck here for a solo overnighter up the ET Trail at a spring by the cottonwoods north of Elephant Tusk.
Attached are pictures of the EL1 Primitive Campsite.
Here are views of the surroundings.