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Two campsites are located in the area of the fomer community of Glenn Springs along the Glenn Spring Road.Site Name GS-1 GS-2Vehicles 2 2Persons 8 8Horses no 4 History of Glenn Springs: a tiny desert village attacked by Mexican RaidersHow to Get ThereVia the Glenn Spring Road, 8.8 miles from the junction of the Glenn Spring Road and the main paved park road to Rio Grande Village. GS-1 is 0.2 miles along the VERY ROUGH Black Gap Road. GS-2 is directly on the Glenn Spring Road just past the historic area.Usual Road ConditionsSouth of the Juniper Canyon Road, the Glenn Springs Road is extremely rough for approximately 0.5 miles over solid bedrock. Extreme caution and slow speed are critical. The Black Gap Road leading to GS-1 is NOT MAINTAINED. Ask a Park Ranger for the latest road conditions.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade available. Minimal ground cover. Sparse Vegetation and rocks.ViewsRemains of structures and a cemetery represent life at Glenn Springs in the early 1900's. Good view of the Chisos Mountains to the Northwest. Glenn Spring is located nearby the historic site and is a fairly reliable water source year-round. Colorful badlands lie southwest of the historic area.River AccessNone. Cautionary NotesVery rough area of road prior to the Glenn Springs area (along the Glenn Spring Road from the north). High clearance and extreme caution are required.RemarksCampsites are not adjacent. Black Gap Road leading to GS-1 is NOT maintained and requires 4 wheel drive. If the road is too rough, it may be a good idea to park near the junction of the Glenn Spring Road and the Black Gap Road and walk approximately 0.2 mile to campsite GS-1.An informational brochure is available at most Visitor Centers outlining the colorful history of this once bustling community.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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