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Two primitive campsites are located ajacent to Telephone Canyon on the Old Ore Road. High clearance vehicles are required to access these campsites.Site Name TC-1 TC-2Vehicles 1 2Persons 6 12Horses no no How to Get ThereVia the Old Ore Road, 14.0 miles from the main paved road to Rio Grande Village (12.4 miles from the Dagger Flat Auto Trail). The access road to the campsites is 0.25 mile in length along the east side of the Old Ore Road.Usual Road ConditionsHigh clearance is highly recommended and 4-wheel drive may be necessary after recent rains. The campsite access road is rough and four-wheel drive is recommended. Ask a Park Ranger for the latest road conditions.Current road conditions...Ground Cover/ShadeNo shade is available. These are exposed sites, especially TC-2.TC-1 has lechuguilla, sotol, and grasses.TC-2 has creosote, yucca, and candelilla plantsViewsGood view of the Dead Horse Mountains and nearby limestone cliffs to the east. No other distant views of mountains. The Telephone Canyon Trail begins at TC-2.River AccessNone. Cautionary NotesThere is no rock sign at the junction of the access road, but a tall wooden sign approximately 10 yards up the road is clearly visible (says "telephone canyon"). At TC-1 there is a 12-16" high berm to get up into the site and there is not much turn-around room. TC-2 has an easy "cul-de-sac" turn-around area.RemarksThe distance from the Old Ore Road to TC-1 is less than 0.1 mile.TC-2 is about 0.2 mile past TC-1The Telephone Canyon Trail starts at TC-2 and cuts through the Dead Horse Mountains (a very primitive trail).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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