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Gauging Station 1

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Offline RichardM

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Gauging Station 1
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:41:07 PM »

One primitive campsite is located along the river at Gauging Station, along the River Road West.

Site Name    GA-1
Vehicles    1
Persons    6
Horses    no

How to Get There
Via 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 Conditions
High clearance vehicles required. After any rain, 4-wheel drive is also required. Check current road conditions with a ranger.
Current road conditions...

Ground Cover/Shade
The 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.

Minimal. A portion of the Punta de la Sierra is visible, but river vegetation and sheltering hills to the west block views.

River Access
One minute walk via a short trail through heavy brush. Fishing parties frequent this campsite because of the available river access.

Cautionary Notes
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.

Check 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.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 09:12:31 PM by RichardM »


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Re: Gauging Station 1
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »
Visited in late February 2013.  There is lots of shade as well as shelter from the wind at this sandy site.  A short informal trail from the back of the site leads to the river itself (the only site on River Road where there is easy access to the Rio Grande).  The gauging station itself, which measures river flow, is above and just upriver from the site.
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