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Grapevine Hills 5

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Offline RichardM

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Grapevine Hills 5
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:34:31 PM »

Five primitive campsites are located along the Grapevine Hills Road. This road is generally passable for most vehicles to the Grapevine Hills trailhead.

Site Name    GH-1    GH-2    GH-3    GH-4    GH-5
Vehicles    3    2    2    2    2
Persons    20    6    6    6    6
Horses    no    no    no    no    no

How to Get There
The Grapevine Hills Road begins 3.3 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center along the north side of the road. Site number 1 (Government Spring) is located 100 yards from the pavement. GH-2,3 are located approximately 4 miles from the pavement. GH 4,5 are located 7.2 miles from the pavement at the very end of the Grapevine Hills Road.

Usual Road Conditions
Although there may be a few rough spots, the Grapevine Hills Road is generally accessible to all vehicles at least to GH-2,3. After the Grapevine Hills Trailhead (7 miles) the road is rough and GH-4,5 usually require a high clearance vehicles. Ask a Park Ranger for the latest road conditions.
Current road conditions...

Ground Cover/Shade
No shade at any of these campsites. Minimal ground cover at GH-1,2,3. Moderate ground cover at GH-4 and GH-5. GH-5 is surrounded by a thicket of vegetation.

Government Spring is located near GH-1. Good views of the Grapevine Hills and distant mountains from GH-2,3,4,5. Grapevine Spring is located near GH-4,5. The Chisos Mountains can be seen from the entire length of the Grapevine Hills Road.

River Access

Cautionary Notes
The road past the Grapevine Hills Trail (mile 7) usually requires high clearance.

The Grapevine Hills Trail is located approximately 7 miles from the pavement. This scenic trail covers 1.1 miles and ends at a spectacular balanced rock formation.

GH-1 (Government Spring) is a large site.

GH 2,3 are adjacent campsites with separate parking areas.

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, 10:12:44 PM by RichardM »


Offline Owl

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Re: Grapevine Hills 5
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 06:51:44 AM »
Taken Dec. '11


Offline brave6

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Re: Grapevine Hills 5
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 07:11:09 AM »
Nice campsite with lots of space.

With Grapevine being a rather easy drive from end to end you do get a few drivers coming all the way to GH5 "carsploring".

The entire site can become a 'runoff' during particular heavy rains.

Lots of sandy spots as I recall as well so beware of getting stuck if you aren't 4WD.

Easy in-and-out access for Hot Springs travelers.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2013, 07:56:48 AM by brave6 »


Offline kevint

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Re: Grapevine Hills 5
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 08:25:38 AM »
Picture taken March 2012.  Large/long vehicle may have a little trouble with narrow road and tight turn at the end.

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