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One primitive campsite is located along the river at Gauging Station, along the River Road West.Site Name GA-1Vehicles 1Persons 6Horses no How to Get ThereVia River Road 14.2 miles from the west end near Castolon, or 39.8 miles from the east end near Rio Grande Village. The access road is 0.4 miles in length.Usual Road ConditionsHigh clearance vehicles required. After any rain, 4-wheel drive is also required. Check current road conditions with a ranger.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeThe site lies in riparian habitat along the floodplain of the Rio Grande. Shade is present under mesquite trees. This is one of the shadiest sites along the River Road.ViewsMinimal. A portion of the Punta de la Sierra is visible, but river vegetation and sheltering hills to the west block views.River AccessOne minute walk via a short trail through heavy brush. Fishing parties frequent this campsite because of the available 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. The short service road to the river gauging station is open to official personnel only.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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