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The Fresno primitive campsite is located within walking distance of the Mariscal Mine Historic District on nearby Mariscal Mountain, near the mid-way point on the River Road.Site Name FR-1Vehicles 2Persons 8Horses no How to Get ThereVia River Road East, 18.6 miles from the junction with the main park road to Rio Grande Village. Turnoff to the Fresno campsite area is marked, but easy to miss. Watch for the turnoff to the north.Usual Road ConditionsHigh clearance vehicles required. After any rain, 4-wheel drive is also required. Access road to the campsite is usually in good condition.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade available. Gravel ground cover. Creosote and Lechuguilla are the dominant vegetation.ViewsGood views of the Sierra del Carmen Mountains in Mexico and the Mariscal Mine.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 close to the Mariscal Mine Historic District. A free informational handout is available at park Visitor Centers which outlines the history of the area and mining activities. All artifacts are protected—no collecting.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.
I am torn between one of the talley camps and Fresno camps. I want talley due to how close it is to Mariscal canyon trail. Really our only plan for this 4 day trip is to get to the top. Besides that relax with out having our truck and camp raided. Is this safer than Talley camps?
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